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High Noon at the Train Station: Social Media and Modern E-Discovery

Most people take time zones for granted these days, but it was this week in 1883 that railroad companies in both Canada and the United States started using four continental time zones. Until then, time was local, based on...more

FCC Issues First Privacy Enforcement Action Against Cable Operator

In the third privacy-related enforcement action of the year, the FCC Enforcement Bureau entered into a $595,000 settlement with Cox Communications to resolve an investigation into the company’s loss of customer personal data....more

It’s Called Sputnik!: Don’t Fall Behind in the E-Discovery Space Race

This week marks the 58th anniversary since the launch of Sputnik II, the first spacecraft in history to carry a living animal—a dog named Laika—into Earth orbit. But the Sputnik program, which began the space age in 1957,...more

Social Media and Practice: Questions Attorneys Should Ask Now

Social media users number in the billions. Facebook counts over 1.4 billion users, LinkedIn has 347 million members, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has nearly 290 million, and YouTube reports more than a billion users....more

NIST seeks comments on Privacy-Enhanced Identity Brokers project document

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, in partnership with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace National Program Office, have launched a project designed to embed privacy and security measures...more

Social Media Is the Kardashians of E-Discovery

Now that Taylor Swift has supplanted Kim Kardashian West as the queen of Instagram with 50.6 million followers, will people stop talking about her and the rest of the Kardashian clan? Of course not. As of October 2015, Kim...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 6, Issue 4

Five social media law issues to discuss with your clients - The explosive growth of social media has clients facing legal questions that didn’t even exist a few short years ago. Helping your clients navigate this...more

Social Media E-Discovery: Are Your Facebook Posts Discoverable in Civil Litigation?

Judge Richard J. Walsh began his opinion in Largent v. Reed with the following question: “What if the people in your life want to use your Facebook posts against you in a civil lawsuit?” With the explosive growth of social...more

Virtually Served in the Online World: The Intersection of Law and Technology

Look around the playing fields where children practice soccer or baseball, and you will see many parents checking their phones. However, opening Facebook Messenger may lead to more than an invite to this weekend’s...more

Who is John Doe? Actor James Woods Brings “Twibel” Case Against Anonymous User “Abe List” for Calling Him A “Cocaine Addict”

Last week, renowned film and television actor James Woods brought a defamation claim against an anonymous Twitter user who tweets from the handle “Abe List,” alleging that Abe List falsely accused Woods of being a cocaine...more

Developing or Enhancing “Bring Your Own Device” Programs – Your First Five Questions . . .

This is the second blog post in Discovery Advocate’s new series, “Your First Five Questions,” in which we identify a question commonly (or sometimes not so commonly) seen in practice followed by the first five questions you...more

OIG confirms Clinton sent classified emails through private account

The Office of the Inspector General for the State Department recently confirmed in a Memo that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent emails with classified information in them through her private email account...more

NIST releases draft guide for use of mobile devices for medical providers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity center released a draft guide last week for health IT professionals to use to bolster security for the use of mobile devices in the health care industry....more

Hold the (cell) phone! NFL Lawsuit May Hinge on Spoliation

Across New England, armchair attorneys and quarterbacks alike are talking spoliation, discovery, and cell phones. With National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s announcement of his decision on New England...more

SMS: Spoliation Made Simple?

Text messages have become an increasingly important and confusing topic in litigation. As a communication tool, text messages are on the rise and are typically seen as less formal and more immediate than even email. Immediacy...more

Ostriches Beware: E-Discovery Ethics In Social Media

“Electronic document creation and/or storage, and electronic communications, have become commonplace in modern life, and discovery of ESI is now a frequent part of almost any litigated matter. Attorneys who handle litigation...more

The WSGR Data Advisor

In this issue: - Navigating Public Company Cybersecurity Obligations: Advising Boards and Disclosing to Investors - FTC Updates School-Related COPPA Guidance - Status Update on the EU Data Protection...more

Lawyers May Advise on Clients’ Social Media Clean-Up

Most lawyers can easily recall a litigation scenario where a client’s past social media post, photo, or video caused more than a little consternation in both client and lawyer. A new opinion from The Florida Bar now allows...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update

Garcia v. Google: “Doubtful” Copyright Ownership Claim in Film Performance Does Not Outweigh First Amendment Right to Free Speech - Why it matters: In a closely watched case that tests the limits of copyright protection,...more

Gone, But Not Forgotten – A Deactivated Facebook Account Can Be Discoverable

Courts have long grappled with social media in a legal context. The struggle to understand social media issues — and to craft coherent applicable legal policy — renders Crowe v. Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland, LLC...more

In re DMCA Subpoena to eBay Inc. - USDC, S.D. California, June 5, 2015

Subpoena issued to eBay pursuant to DMCA, seeking to identify alleged infringers, is deemed valid under express statutory language despite eBay’s pre-subpoena removal of allegedly infringing material in response to related...more

At the Intersection of Technology and Law: Recent High Court Rulings Related to Social Media.

Once Again at the Intersection of Technology and Law: Maryland’s Court of Appeals Elaborates on Authentication of Documents Related to Social Media. “The rapid rise of social networking websites, themselves a branch...more

Status Updates: Facebook Posts—Reliable Evidence?; Quora Post Costs Applicant a Job; a New Ephemeral Messaging App

Facebook: Fact or fiction? These days, courts are more and more frequently faced with disputes over whether, as part of the discovery process, a litigant should be entitled to view the opposing party’s social media posts. As...more

Green vs. Blue Bubbles: A Thought on Thorough e-Discovery

If you own an iPhone, take a look at your most recent text messaging threads. Are the words contained in a blue or a green speech balloon? A blue speech balloon indicates that the communication was sent via Apple’s...more

Treading Beyond the Iota of Fear: eDiscovery of the Internet of Things

First came the Industrial Revolution. Then the Internet Revolution. And today we have made a firm step into the dawn of a third revolution called the ‘‘Internet of Things’’ or ‘‘IoT.’’ Or at least this is how IoT’s arrival...more

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