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Weighing Employer, Employee Concerns

PRIVACY LAW

October 6, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing privacy questions involving NASA and whether federal employers have too much leeway when it comes to examining the private lives of employees, just as Germany is poised to review changes to its Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). Eastman Kodak Chief Security and Privacy Officer Brian O'Connor, CIPP, shared insights into Germany's proposed law with the Daily Dashboard, pointing out that while many parts of the legislation balance employee and employer interests, some issues may need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. In terms of the U.S. case, Dan Stormer, who is representing 28 scientists and engineers who were contractors for NASA, suggested that with "low-risk or no-risk employees, the government doesn't need to know."
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