Executive Emails: Lessons from the White House Breach

“Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.”

Prescient advice for the age of data theft from gilded-age politician Martin Lomasney.

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NLRB: Employer Email Systems OK for Union Use

Reversing a longstanding ruling, the NLRB yesterday held in Purple Communications, Inc. v. Communications Workers of America (.pdf) that employees could, under certain conditions, use employer email systems for their Section 7 communications.   This decision, which will likely have significant workplace ramifications, is based upon erroneous reasoning and raises some very important questions.

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APWU v USPS @ NLRB: Some Best Practices

USPSThe American Postal Workers Union (APWU) recently filed a NLRB charge against the United States Postal Service (USPS) in connection with a data breach that led to the release of 800,000 employee and retiree medical records, social security numbers and bank account and routing information.  This has been widely reported and discussed elsewhere.

One overlooked element of this case is the detailed testimony about how the data breach itself was handled.  While many breaches make news, the USPS’ testimony before Congress is fairly unique and gives us very interesting insight into the breach. So, what can we learn?

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