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Scraping By – California Court Limits Use of Computer Crime Statute for High Volume Scraping

When you “access” a website, what are you authorized to do? And how would you know what is “authorized?” The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 USC 1030 makes it a crime to “access” a “computer” “without authorization,” and further makes it a crime to “exceed authorization” to access a computer. Courts and computer…

Rogue One. U.K. Supermarket Chain Morrisons Not Liable For Data Breach By Internal Auditor, UK High Court Says

Andrew Skelton was a senior auditor in the internal audit department of UK supermarket chain Morrisons. In July, 2013, Skelton was scolded by Morrisons for some minor misconduct. To get even, Skelton leaked payroll, banking and other data about 126,000 Morrisons employees first to an online accessible website, and then to several newspapers. The breach, forensics,…

DR/BCP – TL:DR – Preparing for the Wrong Disaster is Better than Not Preparing At All

In the wake of the SARS CoViD-19 pandemic, news organizations have been interviewing so-called “preppers” – survivalists who have been preparing for some natural or man-made disaster by hoarding shelf-stabilized food, guns, underground bunkers, water, and backup electricity. The preppers are taking a victory lap essentially saying, “we told you so.” Not quite. You see,…

Data Privacy in the Era of COVID-19

One of the most important things for employers, schools, universities, hospitals, and public places to do during the time of a pandemic is to determine (to some degree of certainty) which individuals are infected, which are contagious, and which are symptomatic. The concept of “social distancing” is enhanced if we can know who is contagious…