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Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Federal Enforcement Trends

Editors’ Note: This is the third of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Up next: trends in state enforcement....more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Today in Major Case Regarding Cell Phone Location Privacy

In Carpenter v. United States, federal investigators sought cellphone location data for a set of persons suspected in a series of robberies. The Fourth Amendment prevents the government from conducting unreasonable searches...more

Court Says Glassdoor Must Disclose Anonymous Reviewers’ Information in Grand Jury Proceedings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with free speech implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on November 8, 2017, affirmed the denial of Glassdoor, Inc.’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for the identities of the Glassdoor...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the formal withdrawal of the United States from the EITI; the...more

Founder Of Energy Industry Networking Site Sentenced To Year And A Day For Hack

by King & Spalding on

On October 6, 2017, the creator of a social networking site for oil and gas industry professionals was sentenced to a year and a day in prison by U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote in the Southern District of New York. David...more

“Not so fast, my friend*” — Judge Orders DreamHost Comply with DOJ’s Disruptj20 Search Warrant, with Caveats

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Can the government force the hosting service of an activist website company to turn over vast amounts of user data in order to track down political protesters? According to a federal court ruling, the answer — Yes, but...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - August 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Advising Clients Regarding Potentially Criminal Conduct – Assisting Clients in Connection with the Medical or Recreational Marijuana Industry - Rhode Island Ethics Advisory Panel Op. 2017-01 - Risk Management Issue: In...more

China’s Cyberspace Administration announces first state level investigations under Cybersecurity Law

by Dechert LLP on

China’s Cyberspace Administration announced that it has commenced investigations into Tencent Wechat, Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba for violation of China’s Cybersecurity Law late last week (11 August 2017). More particularly,...more

Another Rematch Between Tech Companies and the Government over the Territorial Reach of the Stored Communications Act

Lawyers for the tech community are gearing up for argument next month in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeking to overturn another magistrate’s order that requires digital information stored outside of the U.S. to...more

Hacker Sentenced To Nearly Five Years In Prison For Phishing Scheme

by King & Spalding on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that a Cameroonian citizen, Eric Donys Simeu, had been sentenced to four years and ten months in prison for phishing campaigns targeting...more

Privacy Perils: Don't "Play" Around with Some Google Apps

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play, whose function is to turn Android phones into a server that allows the user to connect their phone directly to...more

Murder Arrest Warrant Weaves Web of Data Evidence in – Fitbit, Facebook, Alarm Systems and More

The warrant that led to the arrest of a husband for the alleged murder of his wife weaves a web of electronic evidence. Based in large part on Fitbit fitness tracker data, Connecticut authorities have charged Richard Debate...more

Ransomware Attacks: Why They're Growing, Who They Target, and What You Can Do

by JD Supra Perspectives on

In the world of cyber-espionage, ransomware is playing a huge and growing role....more

Facebook Warrant Case: Stark Debate and a Divided Court

We previously posted about a case before the New York Court of Appeals that concerned whether Facebook has the legal standing to challenge search warrants seeking its users’ data. In April, the court sided with the Manhattan...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

Defending Against Social Engineering Attacks

by Fisher Phillips on

The term “social engineering” used to conjure up images of social scientists with Ph.D’s brainstorming ways to improve race relations or provide lower income groups with greater access to education and employment...more

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

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

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

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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

Can Amazon’s Echo Help Solve a Murder Mystery?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

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

Password Sharing Is Not a Crime, Ninth Circuit Reassures in Denial of Nosal’s Request for Rehearing

Since the early days of this blog, we’ve been covering the ongoing legal battle involving ex-Korn Ferry recruiter David Nosal as it winds its way through the courts. The latest chapter in this saga came on December 8, 2016,...more

Investigatory Powers Act 2016 becomes law

by White & Case LLP on

The UK Investigatory Powers Bill has received royal assent and passed into law as the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The Act will have a significant and far reaching impact on data, technology and communications businesses,...more

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