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Future Unclear For NSA’s Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection Program

Fast approaching is the June 1 expiration of certain provisions of the Patriot Act, including § 215 (codified as 50 U.S.C § 1861), which is the basis for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk telephone metadata collection...more

Second Circuit Rules PATRIOT Act Does Not Authorize Government's Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection Program

In yet another reminder of the importance of maintaining the privacy of personal information, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in ACLU v. Clapper, issued a unanimous decision striking down the National Security Agency’s...more

Wake-Up Call: Second Circuit Declares NSA’s Mass Telephone Surveillance Program Illegal; Defers Injunction While Congress Ponders...

Whatever your opinion of Edward Snowden, the shockwaves from his leaks of classified material continue to roil all three branches of the federal government. The latest wave broke last week when the United States Court of...more

Snowden Strikes Back: Mass Collection of Telephony Metadata Struck Down By the Second Circuit

As post-Snowden America well knows, for some years now the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting bulk telephone metadata under the authority of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and aggregating it into data banks...more

Whistleblower's Legacy: President Reforms Key Surveillance Law; Europe Questions Safe Harbor Regime

Nearly two years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working with the U.S. National Security Agency (“NSA”), revealed startling details of widespread surveillance practices by the U.S. government into telephone and Internet...more

Australia’s New Mandatory Data Retention Law

Last week, Australia became the latest country to pass a mandatory data retention law. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015, which amends Australia’s Telecommunications...more

The Madness of Big Data

To take a break from pure e-discovery, we wanted to focus on something fun. Now that Selection Sunday is behind us, it is time to get down to the important business of filling out brackets for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s...more

Use of Competitor's Trademarks in Metatags does not Constitute Infringement

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Canada has addressed issues that have received little judicial consideration in Canada, specifically whether use of a competitor's registered trademark in metatags constitutes...more

Can the NSA Legally Collect Telephone Metadata?

Earlier this month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the third federal appellate court this year to hear argument on the legality of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata....more

Court Denies Plaintiff’s Request for Production of Files in Native Format, but Demands Production of Metadata (New Jersey)

Peterson v. Matlock, 2014 WL 5475236 (D. N.J. Oct. 29, 2014). In this personal injury case, the plaintiff moved to compel production of the defendant’s electronically stored medical records in “native readable format”...more

The Use of First and Last Names as Meta Tags is not Subject to the French Data Protection Act

"Meta Tags" are HTML codes entered into the source code of a webpage providing for information on the nature and content of such webpage, which are used to facilitate the indexing and referencing of such a webpage in search...more

Lawyer's Duty to Preserve Social Media Evidence

Lawyers must take “appropriate” steps to preserve their clients’ potentially relevant and discoverable social media evidence. That is the key take-away from an ethics opinion recently issued by the Philadelphia Bar...more

Supreme Court Fires Shot Across The Bow Of NSA Metadata Collection

Recent revelations concerning the activities of the National Security Agency (“NSA”) include reports that the NSA and other government agencies have – in secret – routinely collected in bulk the “metadata” associated with...more

Embedded Metadata: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Most of us have created a new file using an old one as a template. Although we save the file under a separate, new name, the embedded metadata from the old file, such as tracked changes or comments in Microsoft Word,...more

Defendant Fails to Meet Safe Harbor Standards with Deletion of Metadata (California)

Gardner v. Cafepress, Inc., 2014 WL 794216 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 26, 2014). In this copyright case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant infringed on the plaintiff’s copyrights to an image and sought the seizure and/or...more

Court Imposes Sanctions for Manipulation of Metadata ( Texas)

T & E Inv. v. Faulkner, 2014 WL 550596 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 12, 2014). In this case, the plaintiffs sought sanctions for the defendant allegedly manipulating metadata to try to conceal the use of an unproduced computer. The...more

Gardner v. CafePress, Inc. - USDC S.D. California, February 26, 2014

Gardner v. CafePress, Inc. - USDC S.D. California, February 26, 2014 : Defendant CafePress operates a website that allows users to upload images for printing on products that others can purchase, such as T-shirts....more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard for Recovery of eDiscovery Costs

As many recent litigants know, the costs of eDiscovery can be enormous. Therefore, the ability to recover those costs can have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line – from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars....more

Obama’s European Privacy Headache

Since the revelations of Edward Snowden, there has been a wave of data privacy repercussions in Europe. Snowden, the former CIA employee and US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, disclosed top secret NSA documents...more

Congress Sounds Off On President's #NSAspeech

Today, President Obama delivered an address announcing reforms to the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. Following a deluge of leaks concerning the NSA's domestic operations, President Obama created an advisory panel to...more

Defendant Does Not Deliver Correct Format, Must Produce ESI with Metadata (Louisiana)

RPM Pizza, LLC v. Argonaut Great Central Ins. Co., 2013 WL 6054551 (M.D. La. Nov. 15, 2013). In this insurance claim case, an intervening plaintiff objected to the defendant’s production. The defendant produced ESI in...more

E-Discovery in 2013 – Waiting for Godot, Closing Kimonos, and Your World Doesn’t Just Seem Bigger

In some respects, 2013 seemed like a conversation between Vladimir and Estragon. Some commentators likened it to a simple, unified message that finally had E-Discovery practitioners, litigators in general, and affected...more

Europe: CJEU - Dedicated Meta Search Engine Infringes Database Rights (Autotrack v Gaspedaal)

On 19 December 2013 the Court of Justice of the European Union rendered an important judgment concerning the interpretation of Article 7 of Directive 96/9/EC regarding the legal protection of databases (the 'Database...more

The Twelve Days of Surveillance

It seems like a new revelation about mass surveillance by the U.S. government and our allies occurs on an almost daily basis, each one more astounding than the last. Don’t be surprised if those jingling bells you hear on your...more

Evolving Expectations of Privacy: Klayman v. Obama

In a 68-page opinion, Federal District Judge Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia ruled yesterday in Klayman v. Obama that the NSA's systematic collection of telephone metadata of millions of citizens violates the...more

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