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Privacy Concerns Go Global

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October 28, 2011

Human Resource Executive Online reports that just as social media use has become a worldwide phenomenon, "so too has concern over privacy breaches and potential employment-related litigation." The report highlights examples from across the globe--including 99,000 discrimination allegations filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year; the view in many European countries that electronic data is owned by the data subject; varied privacy laws from country to country, and the impact of cultural differences. Despite such differences, the report states, "there are good reasons for parameters, particularly in industries and sectors where personal information breaches could threaten an organization's credibility or survival."
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