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Banking fraud The power of well drafted account opening documents in the age of e-mail

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When a banking customer falls victim to a fraud on his or her account, the bank that unknowingly facilitated the fraud may be faced with the question of whether it acted with sufficient care to prevent it. The decision of the...more

ABA Encourages Encryption of Emails When Transmitting Confidential Client Information

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a recent formal Ethics Opinion, the American Bar Association stressed that lawyers must make reasonable efforts to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized access to confidential information relating to the representation of...more

Sorting out the Truth About the Right to Disconnect in France

by Littler on

Introduced on August 8, 2016 and effective since January 1, 2017, the “El Khomri law” (named after the French Labor Minister) or “loi travail” granted employees in France the "right to disconnect" from digital devices....more

ABA Issues Opinion on Use of Email for Lawyers

On May 11, 2017, The American Bar Association (ABA) updated its 1999 opinion regarding lawyers’ use of email for communication. Although many state bar associations have issued opinions on electronic communications and the...more

New Canada Anti-Spam Rules Take Effect July 1 – Additional Teeth Behind New Rules

Organizations that do business in Canada should be aware of key changes coming to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”). Beginning July 1, 2017, CASL will place stricter conditions on how companies can market their services...more

NLRB Affirms Stance on Employee Use of Company Email During Non-Work Time

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently affirmed its 2014 decision in Purple Communications, Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL–CIO which held that if employees are granted access to their employer’s...more

State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

by Hogan Lovells on

On 19 April 2017, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a report on cybersecurity breaches and how they affected UK companies in the last year. Headline statistics from the report...more

Permissible Disclosures Under the Stored Communications Act

by Revision Legal on

The Stored Communications Act, which is codified at 18 USC 121, sections 2701-2712, is federal law that governs the conduct of electronic communication service providers and the voluntary and compelled disclosure of the...more

ICO Issues Fine for Marketing Emails Disguised as Service Messages

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a £70,000 fine against Flybe and a £13,000 fine against Honda Motor Europe Ltd for breaching Regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR)...more

Federal Computer Hacking Laws Apply to Executive's Unauthorized Access to Coworkers' Emails

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the Stored Communications Act (SCA) were enacted to protect U.S. businesses and individuals from computer hacking and industrial espionage. In recent years, employers and...more

Land Court Finds that Texting Can Bind Parties

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Massachusetts Land Court has held that text messages may form a binding contract in connection with the sale of real estate!! While neither punctuation nor colorful texting acronyms can make this decision more noteworthy...more

2017 Practical Advice Series, Part II: The Tongue is an Evil Serpent and Email and Tweets are Even Worse

by Fisher Phillips on

I’ve commenced this series because employers and employees seem to make many of the same mistakes over and over again, and technology has created new ways for one to screw up. On some level, most of us are aware that we...more

E-Mail Communications: The Devil is on the Server

by Michael Volkov on

It is hard to imagine how prosecutors were able to bring cases before there was email communications. When I was a prosecutor, we looked for evidence in a lot of other sources, internal memos, calendars and other places where...more

Court Finds Airport Cannot Fly Under the Radar on Employee’s Email Privacy Claims

by PretiFlaherty on

A federal district court in Virginia recently grounded an airport’s attempt to escape liability for accessing an employee’s email account. (Hoofnagle v. Smyth-Wythe Airport Commission.) The decision, which delivered a mixed...more

This is a Non-Political Post: eDiscovery Trends

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At the outset, I feel that I should state that, given that this post is about the Hilary Clinton emails and the FBI handling of them. In his latest post (E-Discovery Lessons from the Huma Abedin E-Mails), Craig Ball...more

Alleged Wiretap Act and CIPA Violations Held to Satisfy Spokeo Test for Standing in Latest Gmail Privacy Class Action

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), lower courts have begun to address whether alleged violations of statutes intended to protect privacy suffice, in the absence of...more

Tales from the (Quantum) Crypt

The dream of hack-proof communication just got a little closer to reality. On August 16, 2016, China launched the world’s first “quantum satellite,” a project the Chinese government hopes will enable it to build a...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Expands Potential Federal Wiretap Act Liability for Developers and Sellers of Cloud-Based...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the Sixth Circuit expanded potential liability for violations of the Federal Wiretap Act for manufacturers of devices that can be used for wiretapping, like monitoring software, in reversing the dismissal of a...more

Illinois AG Rules That Public Employees' Personal Emails Are Public Records - Messages Pertaining to Public Business in Personal...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that email messages sent or received through public employees' personal email accounts may be public...more

E-Message Patents Survive Alice Challenge

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Common computer technology has fallen victim to Alice in many recent cases. It is therefore noteworthy that the District of Massachusetts declined to invalidate e-mail management patents under §101 in Sophos v....more

Employees Behaving Badly – Ten Signs (S)He’s Just Not Into You

by Conduent on

There are many computer behaviors which, in a certain light, might suggest that an employee is skimming the accounts, paying bribes, pushing deals to friends or relatives, or planning to steal company IP to compete with them....more

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...more

Traps for the Unwary: Text Messages, Authorized Agents, and Binding Letters of Intent

A recent Land Court decision strongly suggests that sellers should proceed with caution when negotiating real estate transactions via email and text messages. In determining whether a contract was formed between two companies...more

New Florida Law Facilitates Access to and Management of a Person's "Digital Estate" After Death

A new Florida law facilitates access to and succession of a person's "digital assets" (that is, electronic records that may include photos stored on online servers, email and online bank accounts) through appointed...more

House Sends Email Privacy Act Amendments to Senate

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 29, 2016, in a 419-0 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) to eliminate an exception to the government warrant requirement...more

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