Posted by: Leroy
A case that was passed down in Israeli recently further validates that many countries still strongly consider the right of employees in the marketplace over their employers. Further information on this case can be found below:
This is one of the main differences between privacy in the US and that of other countries. In other countries, the person who the data is actually about owns that data. In the US, the entity that collects the data from an individual owns the data.
I do find it a bit uneasy that the judge in this case sided with the employee who knowingly agreed to an email monitoring policy, even as vague as that policy may have been, but then decided to email trade secrets anyway. I think employers do need to have some control and some sense of ownership over the information which is transmitted through their network. As far as how this affects the US, I agree with the article that it probably won’t affect much. Again, the US has typically sided on the case of the employer in most of these types of situations. One thing to watch out for however, is how this type of legislation will affect US companies who either have remote offices or vendors/service providers in one of these other countries in which do more strongly value employee rights. For these companies, policies should almost definitely be updated and communicated to reflect this type of legislation simply to avoid future issues.