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Courts Clarify Data Rules

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—GERMANY

March 7, 2013

Hunton and Williams’ Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports on two recently published German court decisions clarifying German employee data law. The decisions “validate the independence of works councils in determining how to comply with data protection law and clarify when unused employee e-mail accounts can be deleted,” the report states. The Federal Labor Court of Germany held that a business cannot dictate how its works council complies with data protection law, and the Higher Regional Court of Dresden has clarified when businesses may delete e-mail accounts.
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