Protection of Employees' Personal Information and Privacy

Protection of Employees' Personal Information and Privacy

Protection of Employees' Personal Information and Privacy

Editor-in-chief Prof.Dr Roger Blanpain†
Guest editor Hiroya Nakakubo, Takashi Araki
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Kluwer Law International
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Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations Series Volume 88

This collection of essays – an outcome of the 12th Comparative Labour Law Seminar (Tokyo Seminar) hosted by the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training – presents detailed country reports on the status of employee privacy law in Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The papers were presented by distinguished labour law scholars, and are reproduced here with some revisions to reflect the lively discussions that took place at the meeting. For each country, the topics examined include the following:

  • default rules regarding employees’ personal information and privacy;
  • regulatory schemes and available remedies against violation;
  • what personal information an employer is entitled to obtain;
  • ways of striking a balance between employers’ legitimate interests and employees' privacy;
  • safeguards designed to secure non-coercive employee consent;
  • drug and alcohol testing;
  • surveillance of employees’ off-duty conduct;
  • disclosure of a disciplined employee’s name or other work-related information;
  • employee’s right to access personal information retained by the employer;
  • information used to care for employees’ health and safety and to consider family situations; and
  • prior employer’s sharing of personal information with a prospective new employer.
In this relatively new area of labour and employment law, in which tools are still developing as new problems emerge in real workplaces, the book’s overall comparative viewpoint is especially valuable. Scholars and practitioners alike will appreciate the insight gained into how specific national trends exhibit overlap and difference from a global perspective

ISBN: 9789041156082
Pages: 272
SKU: 9041156089
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Notes on the Contributors

Introduction Hiroya Nakakubo & Takashi Araki

Chapter 1 A Thin Wall of Privacy Protection, with Gaps and Cracks: Regulation of Employees’ Personal Information and Workplace Privacy in Australia. Anthony Forsyth

Chapter 2 The Employee Privacy Protection in China. Kungang Li

Chapter 3 Protection of Employee’s Personal Information and Privacy in France. Benjamin Dabosville

Chapter 4 Data Protection in the Employment Relationship: The German View. Gregor Thüsing, Gerrit Forst, Stephan Pötters & Johannes Traut

Chapter 5 Protection of Personal Information and Privacy in the Japanese Workplace. Ryoko Sakuraba

Chapter 6 Protection of Employees’ Personal Information and Privacy at a Crossroads in Korea.Sung-Wook Lee

Chapter 7 Protection of Employees’ Privacy and Personal Information in Spain: General Patterns and Case Law Trends. Diego Álvarez Alonso

Chapter 8 Protection of Employees’ Personal Information and Privacy in Taiwan. Shih-Hao Liu

Chapter 9 Protection of Employees’ Personal Information and Privacy in English Law. Gillian Morris

Chapter 10 Privacy as Sphere Autonomy.Benjamin I. Sachs


  • Overview of employee privacy law in ten countries
  • Detailed analysis of specific employee privacy issues in different national legal frameworks
  • International comparative view of what employee privacy measures are designed to protect


  • Learn the essentials of employee privacy law in major developed jurisdictions
  • Identify global trends in employee privacy law
  • Develop legal arguments in employee privacy cases using comparative insights

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