The EU Privacy Shield and Data Security Obligations 14:34, July 29, 2016

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Date: July 2016

On July 12, 2016, the EU approved a framework for transferring European citizen data to the US. Known as the Privacy Shield Framework or, “Privacy Shield,” it requires US companies to take extra precautions to protect the privacy of personal information belonging to EU citizens when that data crosses the Atlantic. The need for a […]

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To kick off our Ethics and Aesthetics series we discussed the aesthetic-usability effect, and offered some theories on why beautiful things tend to work better. In our second post, we will examine J. J. Gibson’s theory of affordances, and how the animal propensity for action shapes our perception of objects and their function. J.J. Gibson […]

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A lawsuit alleging discrimination against an employee’s military status and leave illustrates a robust law, and a call for employers to reassess their compliance efforts. Richard Keene was a data coordinator for Clark County School District (“CCSD”) and a reservist for the US Army. In 2007, the Army sought to deploy Keene to Iraq in […]

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128 members of Congress and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are among advocates that have filed amici curiae (“friends of the court”) briefs urging the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a ruling that sexual orientation discrimination was not protected under Title VII. The case, which we wrote about in the context […]

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Meaning. Purpose. Fulfillment. All of the aforementioned terms make up what many businesses strive to achieve in creating and harnessing a healthy corporate culture. Successful companies can generate a positive impact for their employees by fostering and integrating goals that benefit not only the business’ core activities, but the workers’ experience as well. A Business […]

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Tina M. Carr, a transgender woman, was among a group of students that her college proposed for a medical assistant extern position at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Inc. (North Shore). North Shore selected Carr for an externship without an in-person interview. Before her externship began, Carr also interviewed for a full-time position at […]

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Over half of the data breaches in 2015 were carried out using legitimate credentials. According to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, there were 1,429 incidents of credential theft last year, and 63% of confirmed data breaches exploited stolen, weak, or default passwords. Data security experts call this a “password reuse crisis” and “low-hanging […]

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In June 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursued 35 enforcement actions and received over $50 million against various persons and companies who violated, or were believed to have violated, federal securities laws. Breaking these actions apart can inform how companies should focus their anti-corruption and ethical conduct compliance efforts. Complaints Nearly half (46%) […]

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The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) calls the $202,000 settlement of one of the agency’s first sexual orientation discrimination lawsuits a “landmark.” The payout follows a lawsuit against IFCO Systems, a pallet-exchange company, for sex discrimination under Title VII. According to the EEOC, an IFCO supervisor harassed a lesbian employee based on her sexual […]

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In 1970 the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was created to assure safe and healthy working conditions by providing education and training to employers and employees, setting and enforcing workplace safety standards, and issuing citations and penalties to employers who don’t comply with those standards. Since 1996, most federal agencies have been allowed to […]

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