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The Differences Between Workplace Privacy for Americans and Europeans

Observer

20 Sep 2017

Partners Christine E. Lyon and Alex van der Wolk address employee privacy rights in the U.S. and Europe respectively in the Observer article “The Differences Between Workplace Privacy for Americans and Europeans.”

“I think what is a fundamental principle from a European perspective is that privacy is a human right,” Mr. van der Wolk said from the European perspective. “Workers in the EU have an expectation of privacy in the workplace.”

From the U.S. side, Ms. Lyon stated, “In the U.S., it is much more a concept of a reasonable expectation of privacy. As long as an employer gives notice here, it’s generally within their rights to review data stored by the employer, generated using employer resources.”

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