France advises businesses of employee data collection in light of swine flu epidemic

In anticipation of the Swine Flu and the consequences that it may have upon the continuity of the business of companies, the French Data Protection Agency (known under the acronym “CNIL”) recently issued recommendations regarding employers’ collection of employee data in connection with their swine flu business continuity programs.

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Such plans of action may contain various measures so that employees may work from to avoid having to take public transportation to commute to work. In this context, companies may need to collect personal data that they do not normally collect such as cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, private email addresses as well as the kind of transportation means that employees use to come to work.

In order to minimize the risks related to such collection of private data, the CNIL reminds employers that the collection of personal data must comply with the European and French data protection requirements.

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