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Alleged Ringleader of Global Cybercrimes Extradited to United States to Face Charges

Today, the DOJ unsealed an eighteen-count indictment in Brooklyn, New York charging a Turkish citizen (Defendant) with organizing worldwide cyberattacks against at least three U.S. payment processors’ computer networks. The...more

IRS Data Breach Highlights the Growing Threat of Cybercrime

On May 26, 2015, the IRS announced that hackers had gained access to over 100,000 tax accounts. The data breach involved the “Get Transcript” application, which allows individuals to request transcripts of their past tax...more

Welcome to the Digital Age, Officer

California SB 178 Seeks to Apply Warrant Requirement to Electronic Devices and Online Data - The California Senate is currently reviewing the proposed California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (SB 178), which...more

Self-Help Discovery Does Not Immunize Employee from Prosecution, Says NJ Supreme Court

On June 23, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation, 204 N.J. 239 (2010), does not bar criminal prosecutions arising from an employee’s removal of confidential company documents to...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Confirms Aspiring Whistleblowers Can’t Help Themselves to Confidential Documents

In a pivotal decision with broad implications for aspiring New Jersey whistleblowers, yesterday the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Division’s finding that no qualified privilege exists to protect an employee...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Required Hotels To Comply With Warrantless Police Requests For Guest Registries

On June 22, 2015, in a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Los Angeles v. Patel struck down a Los Angeles Municipal Code that required hotel operators to provide guest registries to police upon demand, and without a...more

Health care worker sent to jail for HIPAA violations

When we train employees on HIPAA, we always remind them that HIPAA violations carry significant penalties-both civil and criminal. Our favorite line is “Keep your day job.” Stealing patient information is never worth the...more

Global Connection - June 2015

The latest edition of Global Connection offers insight into a potential money laundering crackdown in the real estate sector, information on the Federal Trade Commission’s approach to data breach investigations and a legal...more

DOJ Issues Internal Guidance On Drone Use

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued guidance on May 22, 2015 regarding its domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more commonly known as drones, which was developed by an internal working group...more

Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: How The Courts Are Responding

As published in PublicCEO* The world of law enforcement is changing rapidly. In the last few years, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds altering the way police officers do just about everything. New technology...more

Privacy Tuesday – June 2015 – OPM Hack

The news continues to pour in about the two-part massive hack into the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the compromise of personal information of millions of present and former federal...more

Update Regarding Office of Personnel Management Cyber Attack

More details continue to emerge about the cyber attack and data breach disclosed last week of the U.S. federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and those details continue to get worse. While original reports...more

The USA FREEDOM Act Heightens the Need for Carriers to Examine their Data Retention Practices

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Barack Obama signed the USA FREEDOM Act into law. Among other reforms, the USA FREEDOM Act adopts a series of modifications to federal foreign intelligence gathering statutes and procedures to...more

UPDATE: Union Claims that Hackers Have Accessed Personal Data of “All” Federal Employees

As an update to our blog post, “Data Breach Affects Millions of Current and Former Government Workers”, a union representing federal workers is now claiming that the hack may be worse than originally feared. Yesterday, the...more

DOJ Unveils New Cyber Security Unit and Urges Cyber Attack Victims to Cooperate with Post-Breach Investigations

In a recent speech at the Georgetown Cyber Security Law Institute, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell outlined the recent activities of a new Cyber Security Unit created within the Justice Department’s Computer Crime...more

Should We Hack Back?

“No,” says U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell. At the most recent Cybersecurity Law Institute held at Georgetown University Law Center in late May, the head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal...more

The Future Of The NSA’s Bulk Telephone Metadata Program

Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires today. Section 215 addresses the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s ability to gather business records. In 2006, after passage of amendments to the Patriot Act, the Bush administration...more

The Communications Decency Act May Disappoint

California boldly made an example out of a felonious website owner who operated a website dedicated to shaming, embarrassing and harassing complete strangers. Following the first-ever prosecution of the operator of a “revenge...more

Seizure of memory cards from digital cameras allowed under plain view doctrine

Courts today are faced with applying traditional Fourth Amendment search and seizure doctrines to twenty-first century digital technology. In one such case, the Massachusetts Appellate Court upheld a lower court’s holding in...more

DANGER – “General” Search Warrants in the Digital Age

If you knew that there was a chance—maybe even a good chance—that a law enforcement officer could gain access to every single text, email, photograph and voice mail on your smartphone, going back years, because you were...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2015

In This Issue: - Second Circuit Rules Patriot Act Does Not Authorize Bulk Metadata Collection; Congress Reconsiders Certain Patriot Act Authorities - SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Investment Companies...more

Drone on Drones: Justice Department Drone Policy Emphasizes Privacy and Transparency

Federal agencies deploying surveillance drones in domestic airspace will be required to conduct annual privacy reviews, the Department of Justice announced last week. The new policy aims to require DOJ employees to assess the...more

Warrantless Laptop Search Suppressed In Sixth Circuit

On May 20, 2015, the Sixth Circuit ruled that the warrantless search of a laptop exceeded the scope of a preceding private search, and was therefore unconstitutional....more

Damage Control: After an Insider Breach

In the immediate aftermath of a major security or data breach companies should re-evaluate their risk management systems. In a previous post on insider threats, we outline what a company can do to prevent risks associated...more

Data Security Breach at IRS Disrupts Taxpayers and Tax Professionals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 that criminals had fraudulently obtained the tax returns and account information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. The criminals used this information to...more

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