Dodging the Bullet

When the point of sale terminals at Target were hacked last December, issuing banks (the banks that issued credit cards to consumers) were on the hook for millions of dollars it cost to reissue these credit cards to their customers and potentially for the cost of fraudulent charges on these stolen cards. So they went…

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Valuing Privacy

What’s your privacy worth? That’s not a theoretical or hypothetical question.  Give me a dollar value.  If someone were to read your bank statement, view your medical record, know your driving history, or even details of your sex life, how much – in a dollar figure – would you be harmed or damaged? C’mon.  Give…

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Faking Forensics

You have mail.  Maybe.  And that’s the problem. We admit electronic evidence into court and rely upon it in our day-to-day transactions all the time.  But can we really and truly authenticate it?  The answer is almost.  Which means actually, no.  But it’s good enough for government work.  Which is to say, not really good…

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Clone Wars: Robolawyers Acting as Laywer, Judge and Executioner

Copyright lawyers are being replaced by robots – well, algorithms at least.  And this is not good for lawyers.  It’s also not good for copyright holders, and those who make fair use of copyrighted works. The current robolawyers are making copyright infringement decisions, and acting as lawyer, judge and executioner in copyright cases in nanoseconds. …

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How a Quirk in the Law Lets Google Own You

In general, it is illegal for people to read your email, intercept your text messages, or listen in on or record your telephone calls. In fact, the federal wiretap law, 18 USC 2511, and various state wiretap laws codify this fact. There are, of course some significant exceptions to this statute.  First, if any (or…

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Do Employees Have an Expectation of Privacy at Work

Employees have no expectation of privacy at work, right?  And this is especially true for government employees working on government computers on government networks? Right? I mean, the log on banner expressly says that there is no expectation of privacy, and that the government – both as government, as law enforcement, and as employer can…

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