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Senate Considers Potential Changes to ECPA to Ease Access to Electronic Data Across Borders

Terrorist attacks, most recently in London and Manchester, England, have raised the pressure on law enforcement and lawmakers in countries like the U.K. and the U.S., to proactively intercept and interrupt terrorist...more

Ransomware Makes You Wanna Cry: Cybersecurity Trends

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This must be our month for ransomware stories.  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past several days, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the WannaCry virus that has been attacking Microsoft© Windows machines without...more

Fitbit and Other Collected ESI Helps Crack Murder Investigation: New Data Sources in E-Discovery

by Exterro, Inc. on

The discussion of new data types in e-discovery is often talked about but in a speculative way; we know that it’s possible for any relevant electronically stored information (ESI) to be requested as evidence, but most often,...more

Wife’s Fitbit Leads to Murder Arrest for the Husband: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

At both the Master’s Conference session that I moderated in San Francisco on Tuesday and the webcast that I conducted yesterday, the topic of discovery from IoT (Internet of Things) devices came up. This story illustrates...more

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

by CloudNine on

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

Google Required to Hand Over Foreign Stored Emails to Justice Department: eDiscovery Case Law

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In the ruling In re Search Warrant No. 16-960-M-01 to Google, Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter ordered Google to comply with a search warrant to produce foreign-stored emails, disagreeing with the U.S. Court of...more

“Alexa, Are My Questions to You Discoverable?”

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

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

Comic Book E-Discovery: Writer Ben Percy & Attorney Josh Gilliland Weigh In on the Legal World of DC's Green Arrow

by Exterro, Inc. on

Some people might think of comic books as flights of fancy filled with characters wielding supernatural powers to fight foes from other planets, and yes, that’s true. But there are other comics that, while still being...more

Court: Stored Communications Act Warrant Cannot Be Used to Seize Data Held Overseas

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a case that may have significant impact for companies providing public Internet and cloud services, the Second Circuit has ruled that a federal court may not issue a criminal warrant ordering a U.S. company to produce...more

The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2016: United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

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With so much potentially at stake, the initial steps and strategic decisions taken in any company investigation are critical to setting the tone for a focused, credible and effective inquiry. This is paramount not only for...more

Federal Appeals Court Set to Issue One of the Most Important Privacy Rulings in a Generation

For months, the technology and business communities have been waiting anxiously for a Federal appeals court ruling on whether American companies can be forced to turn over customer information to U.S. law enforcement when...more

California Updates Privacy Rights with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

by Snell & Wilmer on

Starting on New Years Day 2016, a new law will prohibit California law enforcement agencies from compelling California residents and businesses to turn over metadata or electronic communications (e.g., texts, emails,...more

An Attempt For ECPA Reform

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Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (“ECPA”), the government can gain access to emails and other electronic communications that are more than 180 days old. This has been termed the “180-day rule,” whereby...more

Foreign Data Center Subject to Reach of U.S. Government

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Following the July 31, 2014 decision of a New York federal judge in In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp., 1:13-mj-02814 (SDNY), U.S. companies should be aware that data...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #3

..A relatively new site called Wanelo combines the features of a social media site and an e-commerce site by permitting users to “save” products that they are interested in, and showing them to their online friends. The site...more

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

BB&K Police Bulletin: Warrant to Search Electronic Records - Court Upholds Search of Computer and Storage Devices for Child...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently found that probable cause supported a warrant authorizing the electronic search of computer equipment and digital storage devices belonging to a suspected child...more

Cybercrimes and the Workplace

by Heather Pruger on

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

Privacy? You Don't Got No Stinkin' Privacy!

by Bay Oak Law on

When someone subpoenas subscriber information from an internet service provider, does the subscriber have an expectation of privacy? In California, at least, the answer seems to be: No. In People v. Stirpo, (Second District...more

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

Opinion of the Court, Ginsburg, Circuit Judge

by Michael D. Scott on

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

South Africa publishes issue paper on electronic evidence in criminal and civil proceedings

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The South Africa Law Reform Commission has approved the publication of its Issue Paper on “Electronic Evidence in Criminal and Civil Proceedings: Admissibility and Related Issues” for general information and comment. The...more

Bribing Witnesses with Text Messages, Cell Phones and Fake Email Accounts

by Joshua Gilliland on

In People v. McInnis, the Defendant was convicted of attempted witness bribery. The Defendant attempted to keep witnesses from testifying against the Defendant’s nephew, in the nephew’s trial for robbery and kidnapping. ...more

Criminal Defense Challenges in Computer Forensics

by Rebecca Mercuri on

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

cyber attacks on corporates

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cyber attacks on corporates have become common either by competitors or state sponsored actors of foriegn state, Security to organisations and legal compliance has become important...more

In Re: National Security Telecommunications Records Litigation

Class Action: Plaintiffs' Motion for Order to Preserve Evidence; Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Points & Authorities in Support of...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

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