Collecting Non-Facebook Data

Germany Orders Facebook to Stop Collecting Non-Facebook Data (and Why it Doesn’t Matter)

On Feb. 7, the German Bundeskartellamt (the Federal Cartel Office)—the equivalent to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division—ordered Facebook to change the way it does business, at least in Germany. The order noted that Facebook was a dominant force in both social media and in data colletion, and therefore ... Read More
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Biometrics: Giving the Government the Finger

Biometrics: Giving the Government the Finger

A federal court has ruled that suspects can’t be forced to provide a biometric key to unlock their digital devices during an investigation. When two individuals were involved in a Facebook sextortion case, threatening to release an embarrassing video if the victim did not pay up, the federal court had ... Read More
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Are Companies Obligated to Protect Employee Data? Court Says Yes

Are Companies Obligated to Protect Employee Data? Court Says Yes

On Nov. 21, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a class action lawsuit filed against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center by some of its employees following a data breach that exposed their personal and financial records. The court found that an employer has a legal duty to protect the ... Read More
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SAFETY Act: A Safety Net for Companies

SAFETY Act: A Safety Net for Companies Using ‘Terrorism Certified’ Technologies

In the wake of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress enacted the SAFETY Act, which, among other things, encouraged the development of new “anti-terrorism” technologies by giving those developers immunity from civil liability if their approved technologies failed to prevent an attack. The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and ... Read More
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Biometrics, Technology and the Law Collide

Face Off: When Biometrics, Technology and the Law Collide

| | biometrics, Law, passwords
In August, the FBI in Columbus, Ohio, executed a search warrant on a suspect, Grant Michalski, for evidence related to possession of child pornography. No big deal—happens all the time. What was unusual was what that warrant permitted. A subsequent warrant application to authorize a detailed inspection of an iPhone ... Read More
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Online vs. In Real Life Law

Let’s Get Physical – Online vs. In Real Life Law

| | Cyberlaw, Internet, internet law, statutes
Almost all of computer law (and there really is no such thing as computer law) is the placing of old wine into new bottles. For example, how do you “trespass” when there is no physical space? Is a userid and password a key or an ID? Is there a legal ... Read More
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Life Insurance and Privacy

Life (Insurance) and Privacy

Privacy and data security are inexorably intertwined. While you can violate privacy in a secure manner, you can’t protect privacy without security. And you can’t understand privacy unless you understand basic security concepts such as authentication, access control, auditing and monitoring, anomaly detection, breach reporting and so forth. In many ... Read More
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Collect or Store TCP/IP Log Data

Is it Unlawful to Collect or Store TCP/IP Log Data for Security Purposes?

It is a common and accepted practice for entities to collect, store, process and analyze log data. This log data includes the IP addresses of every person (computer) that accessed or attempted to access the network, the website or the process. These logs can be used to determine the source ... Read More
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Dumb Privacy Rules

Dumb Privacy Rules: How Lawyers are Ruining It for Everyone

Father Guido Sarducci, comedian Don Novello’s eccumenical doppleganger, had a routine where he discussed the idea of the “5-minute University,” where he would teach you in five minutes everything you would remember about college five years after graduating (Economics? Supply and Demand). Sometimes it pays to reduce a law, regulation ... Read More
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Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

Memo to Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh: The Internet is not a Series of Tubes

Washington will spend the summer and at least part of the fall debating the relative merits of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The debate will likely focus on issues including abortion, presidential privilege and power, gun rights and other “hot button” topics. But ... Read More
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