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New York Court Uses 1789 All Writs Act To Force Cellphone Company To Assist Law Enforcement Gain Access To Locked Cellphone

A New York federal magistrate court has ordered an unnamed cellphone manufacturer to attempt to unlock a password-protected cellphone so that a search warrant may be executed. In early October, the court authorized law...more

Cyber Monday – December 1, 2014

Welcome to December – we hope you had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Here are a few privacy bits and bytes to start your week. 1. ICYMI – 60 Minutes Explains Credit Card Hacking...more

DOL Issues iCERT Password Reactivation Reminder

On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an alert reminding stakeholders that, as of September 30, 2014, iCERT users needed to have updated their passwords to meet the new enhanced password security...more

Status Updates - November 2014

..Cuffed links. The Spanish parliament has passed what is commonly known as the “Google tax,” although it’s technically not a tax and doesn’t apply solely to Google. Rather, it’s an intellectual property law requiring online...more

Oklahoma to Prohibit Employer Access to Private Social Media

On November 1, 2014, Oklahoma will join a number of other jurisdictions that prohibit employers from gaining access to passwords to employee or applicant social media accounts or from viewing non-public information maintained...more

Social Media Password Protection: Where are we now?

In just two years, social media password protection has gone from a privacy advocate’s dream to an employer’s harsh reality in many states. Maryland became the first state (in 2012) to enact legislation that prevented...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #3

..In-tweet purchases. Twitter is testing the ability for its users to make purchases directly from tweets. The popular social network is working with a number of sellers, nonprofits and artists—as well as a small handful of...more

Are You Ready for the New Holacracy? Update on Social Media and the Hiring Process

The innovative folks at Zappos have eschewed the traditional job application/interview/job offer process for a social-media-driven process on a Zappos platform. While very up-to-date, does this push the envelope to the point...more

Oklahoma, Louisiana and Rhode Island Continue Trend Enacting New Password-Protection Laws

In 2012, Maryland became the first state to prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide passwords to their personal social media accounts. Since then, the trend for states to limit employers'...more

Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation

Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose...more

DOL Alert: New PERM Password Requirements

A permanent labor certification issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. The application for a labor certification is filed via the DOL’s...more

Secret Service Raises Warning About Backoff POS Malware

The Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes, issued a security Alert on July 31, 2014, warning of malware named “Backoff” that was being used to steal payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems. The Alert...more

Weighing in – 1.2 Billion Usernames and Passwords. What, Me Worry About CyberSecurity?

Last month one of our lead articles was Cyber Security: Forewarned is Fair-Warned. Last week the New York Times published an article reporting that at least 1.2 billion usernames and passwords were hacked by a Russian...more

Delaware Court Finds Password Protection for Electronic Documents Insufficient to Preserve Trade Secrets

Key questions in most trade secret cases are whether information was misappropriated and whether that information qualified as a trade secret in the first place. Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act’s definition of a trade...more

Tennessee Legislature Adds Employee Privacy Protections to "Internet Accounts"

Executive Summary: Accessing information about employees and applicants via their social media accounts just got a bit more complicated in Tennessee. This past legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the...more

Special Report: Social Media Roundup

Social Media Roundup - Rhode Island, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma are the latest states to provide prospective and/or current employees with increased social media protections, following Tennessee, Wisconsin,...more

Russian Crime Ring Possesses Mass Quantities of Stolen Online Information

With recent reports that a Russian crime ring may have stolen the largest collection of online data — including 1.2 billion username and password combinations—effective data security is more critical than ever for all...more

Massive Hacking Operation Further Reveals Weakness of Passwords

A small private cybersecurity firm recently revealed that a Russian computer hacking organization amassed more than 1.2 billion username and password combinations. The data was collected across a wide swath of websites, from...more

Louisiana Has Joined 16 Other States and Prohibits Employers from Accessing Employee Online Accounts

Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana joined at least sixteen other states that have enacted laws prohibiting or restricting employers from accessing employees' personal online accounts – including social media (Twitter,...more

Week in Review

Some high profile companies, including two technology giants, made headlines this week after former employees filed lawsuits against them alleging discrimination and harassment. The case against Yahoo is likely to be...more

Five Estate Planning Tips to Prepare For Your Upcoming Trip

After surviving this past winter’s polar vortex, it is hard to believe that summer is flying by and that vacation season is in full swing. Summer vacation, or any trip, is a great opportunity to relax and recharge by spending...more

The Right to Remain Silent Does Not Extend to Computer/Phone Passwords

Recently the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that under certain circumstances, a court may compel a criminal defendant to provide the password to encrypted digital evidence without violating the defendant’s...more

Louisiana’s recent enactment of the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act

Following in the footsteps of several other states including Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin, Louisiana recently enacted the Personal Online Account...more

Court Reporters Need Strong Passwords

My bank recently sent me a document with “Techniques for creating strong passwords.” Reading through it my first thought was, “This would be great information for my colleagues.” Court reporters protect private, sensitive...more

Louisiana Joins the Password Protected Trend

On May 22, 2014, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the "Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act." The measure, effective immediately, bans employers, including state and local governments, from requesting...more

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