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2017 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 3

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...Just because you don’t physically have your hands on the data doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for it. Here are three cases related to rulings regarding possession, custody and control of ESI, including one that relates...more

Google Puts Its SCA Warrant Appeal on Hold as High Court Prepares to Hear Microsoft Case

The fight over the privacy of electronic communications and the government’s ability to reach emails stored abroad in criminal investigations has finally moved to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...more

US v. Microsoft Litigation Provides the Supreme Court with a Rare Opportunity to Further Clarify and Define the Role of Comity in...

The United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in the landmark case of United States v. Microsoft Corp. This matter presents the Court with an opportunity to establish new precedent in the field of international...more

December 2017: Supreme Court Takes on Drugs, Data, and Extraterritoriality

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court made a surprising grant of review in a case which may have far reaching consequences for tech companies and litigants generally. The case, United States v. Microsoft Corp., involves a...more

Privacy vs. Security: Will SCOTUS Leave the (Third) Party in 2018?

If the government obtains information about your past locations from your wireless provider, is that a search? If so, is it a search that requires the government to obtain a warrant? Courts have held that, because companies...more

Judge Hits Ctrl+Alt+Delete on Facebook User Tracking MDL

by Reed Smith on

Judge Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California recently administered the coup de grâce to an expansive multidistrict litigation over Facebook’s data use policy filed in 2012. The plaintiffs alleged that...more

Nation on Hold for Supreme Court Carpenter v. United States Decision

by Reed Smith on

On November 29, many interested audience members packed into the Supreme Court to witness oral argument on the issue of whether the Fourth Amendment demands that the government obtain a warrant in order to acquire long-term,...more

Supreme Court Searches for Fourth Amendment Line for the Digital Economy

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Carpenter v. United States. The Court’s decision could have critical implications for companies operating in the digital economy and their ability to limit...more

Can You Find Me Now? U.S. Supreme Court Considers Cell Phone Location Tracking Data In The Digital Age In Landmark Privacy Case

by King & Spalding on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Carpenter, a case that could fundamentally change the way the government collects, uses, and tracks individuals’ location information...more

Drawing the Line: Supreme Court Addresses Major Privacy Rights in Cell Phone Dispute

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the appeal of Timothy Carpenter, a man convicted and sentenced to 116 years for his role in a series of armed robberies. In proving his guilt, prosecutors...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

November 2017: Seven Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

Justice Neil Gorsuch began his first full Term on the Supreme Court this October, with court-watchers eagerly anticipating which cases the Supreme Court will take and waiting to see how Justice Gorsuch will affect the...more

November Trust and Estates Litigation Advisory

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Since our last newsletter, there has been one significant development in the Probate and Family Court, and one decision of note. First, effective as of November 20, 2017, the Probate and Family Court issued Standing...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...more

SCOTUS to Resolve Lower-Court Dispute Over U.S. Warrants Seeking Foreign-Stored User Data

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 16, 2017, announced it had granted the government’s petition for certiorari in United States v. Microsoft and will hear a case this Term that could have lasting implications for how technology...more

Court Rejects DOJ’s Depiction of Google as “Willful and Contemptuous” Tactics in Ongoing Battle over SCA Search Warrant

A federal judge in California has agreed to hold Google in contempt for not following his order to turn over data stored overseas. The order is largely symbolic, however, since a contempt order is required for Google to...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

Microsoft Claims Victory in Challenge to DOJ’s Practice of Seeking “Gag Orders” under the Stored Communications Act

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy that significantly restricts its practice of seeking non-disclosure orders under the Stored Communication Act (SCA), 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b), in connection with...more

Location, Location, Location: Microsoft Debate Over Government’s Access to Overseas Data Heads to the Supreme Court

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court agreed to review the Second Circuit’s decision in United States v. Microsoft Corp., a case that highlights the current tension between law enforcement needs and privacy concerns in a...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Security researchers this week have found a new vulnerability that affects Wi-Fi Protected Access II, also known as WPA2, which is the security protocol used by many wireless networks. The vulnerability, Key Reinstallation...more

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Microsoft Corp. v. United States in Law Enforcement Access Row

by Hogan Lovells on

Last Monday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Microsoft search warrant case, a case in which Microsoft challenged the U.S. government’s right to use the warrant process to obtain certain emails stored overseas. ...more

Stored Communications Act Does Not Prohibit Disclosure of Deceased’s Yahoo Account

In what appears to be a case of first impression in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled that Yahoo may disclose the contents of a deceased’s Yahoo email account to his personal...more

Google Requests Contempt Order For $10,000 Sanctions Per Day Against…Google: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

Last month, we wrote that Google went 0 for 2 in August in its request for review of warrant cases related to the Stored Communications Act of 1986 (SCA) and the order to produce ESI stored internationally that is subject to...more

Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Emails Case

In an order issued on October 16, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corporation, a case with potentially far-reaching implications for the privacy of electronic data maintained by...more

United States v. Microsoft: Supreme Court to Resolve Lower-Court Dispute Over U.S. Warrants Seeking Foreign-Stored User Data

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court announced it had granted the government’s petition for certiorari in United States v. Microsoft and will hear a case this Term that could have lasting implications for how technology...more

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