Employers whose employees are allowed to use their own phones, computers or tablets, private email accounts and messaging services, or personal accounts on social or business media such as Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp or Instagram for work purposes should ensure they are able to require their employees to give them access to personal data held on those phones, accounts etc where this is required to comply with data protection laws.
Businesses should ensure service messages sent to customers electronically do not include marketing messages - unless the recipient consented to receiving marketing communications and they otherwise comply with privacy and electronic communication rules.
Businesses selling branded products through retailers should beware of stopping those retailers from using the brand names in online search advertising, or risk being fined for breaching competition law.
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