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Massachusetts High Court Permits Compelled Decryption of Seized Digital Evidence

Today, in Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, No. SJC-11358 (Mass. June 25, 2014), a divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that under certain circumstances, a court may compel a criminal defendant to provide the password to...more

Microsoft Mail and the 4th Amendment: Do Any of Us Seriously Think We Have a Right Not to Have Email Seized as Possible Evidence?

A perspective on the recent Fourth Amendment and privacy considerations raised by Judge James C. Francis' recent Memorandum and Order: 'In The Matter Of A Warrant To Search A Certain E-Mail Account Controlled And Maintained...more

Discovery Evolutions Hold Promise for Greater Privacy Benefits for Litigants

For most civil litigants, discovery is an unprecedented invasion of privacy. Private letters, notes to one’s self, off-the-cuff emails, financial details and transactions, photographs, and all other forms of memorializing...more

Vermont Issues Significant eDiscovery / Fourth Amendment Decision

In civil litigation, eDiscovery disputes hardly ever rise to the level of constitutional importance. But in the criminal arena, the rules are different....more

Employee email – neither private nor privileged

Employees should be put on notice – there is no special privacy protection for email sent or received using an employer’s devices....more

Cybercrimes and the Workplace

This article discusses that, in addition to civil liability that employment lawyers tend to be alert for in departing employee scenarios, departing employees can also be criminally liable for theft, misappropriation, or other...more

United States v. Maynard, 615 F.3d 544 (Ct. App. D.C. 2010)

Opinion of the Court, Ginsburg, Circuit Judge

This decision is the subject of the grant of certiorari by the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Jones, 10-1259. Maynard and Jones were co-defendants. All legal issues have either been resolved or abandoned...more

Criminal Defense Challenges in Computer Forensics

Computer forensic techniques may be unfairly applied in order to tip the scales of justice in the direction of prosecution. Particular areas that are known to be problematic for defense experts include: erroneous allegations...more

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