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Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

Digital Divide Deepens: Tech Community Backs Second Circuit in Clash with Magistrates over Reach of U.S. Warrants

The technology community took aim at a recent federal magistrate’s ruling that ordered Google Inc. to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored on servers abroad, calling the decision “an impermissible...more

Tech Rally – Industry Giants Back Google's Play to Protect Data

On March 10, 2017, Google Inc. filed its objection to a Pennsylvania magistrate judge's order to comply with search warrants and turn over personal user data partially stored on foreign servers abroad. A number of technology...more

Lawyer’s Pants Literally Catch on Fire and Alexa to “Testify”: eDiscovery Trends

OK, this first story isn’t exactly an eDiscovery story, but it’s too good to pass up… Here’s a question for you: Would you believe what a lawyer was telling you during closing arguments if his pants were, literally, on fire?...more

Odor of Marijuana Grounds for Vehicle Search

In Robinson, et. al. v State, Nos. 37, 39, & 46, September Term, 2016, decided January 20, 2017 (Watts, J.), the Maryland Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, (the “Court”) held that a law enforcement officer...more

Privileged information is generally safe from Subject Access Requests

Subject Access Requests ("SARs") are an increasingly popular weapon in litigation, because they can be used to provide a cheap and quick form of pre-action disclosure. However, courts have confirmed that information subject...more

“Alexa, Are My Questions to You Discoverable?”

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker controlled with your voice. It features a personal assistant, “Alexa,” who will perform various tasks for the user in response to the “wake word,” Alexa. Over the holidays, I observed...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.” This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women. While these women are typically computer...more

HR, Payroll, Finance Department Beware: Renewed IRS W-2 Phishing Scam Alert

The Internal Revenue Service and other agencies recently issued an urgent reminder Alert warning of a sophisticated scam to obtain confidential information and in some cases, fraudulent cash wire transfer payments. Scammers...more

Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Theft of Government Property

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a former contractor of a defense contractor has been indicted for stealing over 75 percent of hacking tools belonging to the Nations Security Agency’s offensive...more

US Magistrate Judge Upholds Search Warrants for Google Data Stored Overseas, “Shards” and All

Another front recently emerged in the legal battle over whether US law enforcement authorities can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to obtain data stored overseas. Until now, the battle...more

To Obtain Data Abroad, Government Just Googles It

As technology companies expand globally they increasingly are storing customer electronic data in servers outside the United States. To keep apace, the Justice Department has become more creative in adapting existing legal...more

Privacy Perils: Social Engineering Fraud - the C-Suite Maneuver

It's a common misconception that cyber-criminals use sophisticated technical tools to hack into a person's computer or online accounts. More often than not, cyber attackers use old fashioned trickery or "social engineering"...more

Does Facebook Have the Right to Challenge Search Warrants Seeking Facebook Users’ Data? New York’s Highest Court Hears Argument

Facebook is the latest social media giant to push back on law enforcement efforts to seek user information. On Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument in a case focusing on whether Facebook has the...more

Litigation Alert: Pennsylvania Court Holds Google Must Produce Emails Stored Overseas

Last week, in In re Search Warrants Nos. 16-960-M-01and 16-1061-M to Google, a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Google to comply with three search warrants to turn over users’...more

Drone Operator Arrested in California for Operation Near Helicopter Rescue

On January 27, 2017, police in Pacifica, California arrested a drone operator for allegedly flying a drone near the scene of a helicopter rescue, which effectively delayed the rescue operation. Police and fire rescue...more

First Criminal Prosecution Under Amended Arizona Telemarketing Law

Last week, Arizona State resident Lukeroy Rose became the first person to plead guilty to an alleged criminal violation of a recently amended Arizona telemarketing law. How can telemarketers and text message marketers...more

Sharply Divided Circuit Denies Government’s En Banc Petition In Microsoft Appeal

In July 2016, the Second Circuit ruled that the Government could not employ a domestic search warrant, issued pursuant to the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2703 (the “SCA”), to compel disclosure of an email account...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Rehearing in Microsoft Case

Back in December 2013, a U.S. magistrate issued a seemingly routine warrant in a narcotics case demanding that Microsoft turn over messages from a customer’s email account that resided on a server in Ireland. That warrant,...more

Can Amazon’s Echo Help Solve a Murder Mystery?

Is Amazon’s Echo device the crucial key to cracking a murder mystery? Prosecutors in Bentonville, Ark. hope that the smart speaker technology could at least provide some additional clues into the Benton County murder. The...more

IRS Warns Tax Professionals to Be Alert About New Email Scam As 2016 Filing Season Begins

The Internal Revenue Service has warned tax professionals, as the 2016 filing season begins, to be alert to a new email scam by cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services. The scam is a variation of a...more

Amazon’s Echo May Possess Evidence in a Murder Case

Police in Bentonville, Arkansas are seeking records from an Amazon Echo device (for the second time) which may contain records in connection with a murder investigation in the home of James Andrew Bates where Victor Collins...more

[Webinar] Business E-mail Compromise Scams - Practical Perspectives - January 12th, 10:30am EST

An increasing number of businesses are targeted by very sophisticated email scams designed to convince company employees responsible for executing financial transactions to wire funds to overseas accounts controlled by...more

Indictment Issued in Law Firm Hacks

In what New York’s top federal prosecutor called a “wake-up call for law firms around the world,” three Chinese citizens have been charged with hacking into the servers of two prominent – but unidentified – international law...more

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