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Defining Reasonable Care for the Protection of Personal Data

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court enlivened the Thanksgiving holidays of privacy lawyers in 2018 with its decision in Dittman v. UPMC, which held that an employer has a legal duty to exercise reasonable care to safeguard employees’ personal information. While the scope of the decision technically was confined to the employer-employee relationship, the court’s reasoning implies that such a duty of reasonable care may arise in any scenario where one party engages in the collection of personal information.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court enlivened the Thanksgiving holidays of privacy lawyers in 2018 with its decision in Dittman v. UPMC, 196 A.3d 1036 (Pa. 2018), which held that an employer has a legal duty to exercise reasonable care to safeguard employees’ personal information (at least when such information is “stored by the employer on an internet-accessible computer system”).

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