What Does the New Utah Electronic Data Privacy Law Do?

Utah recently became the first state to enact a law specifically designed to protect private electronic information stored with third parties from collection by law enforcement without a valid warrant.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the ground-breaking legislation on March … Continue reading

Posted in Data Protection, Electronic devices, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Personal Information, Privacy, State Privacy Laws, Utah

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Supreme Court: Warrant Usually Required For Cell Tower Records to Track a Person’s Movements

On June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the government generally needs a search warrant to track a person’s location through cell phone location records.  The opinion, in Carpenter v. United States was … Continue reading

Posted in Digital Devices, Digital evidence, Electronic devices, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Personal Information, Privacy

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Privacy Tip: Cover Your Computer Camera and Microphone

Someone may be using your laptop or your desktop web camera to watch and listen to you without your knowledge. It happens, and yes, it’s downright creepy.  And to think that someone may be spying on your kids that way … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Electronic devices, FBI, Privacy

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FBI v Apple: Using a 1789 Law in a 21st Century Privacy Fight

Earlier this week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced to Apple customers that the company would oppose a federal court order (the “Order”) issued on February 16, 2016 because the company believes the Order “threatens the security of our customers.”  In response to … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Protection, Digital evidence, Electronic devices, FBI, Government Regulations, Privacy

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Scammers Up the Ante With Caller ID Spoofing

Good grief.  You can’t even trust your phone’s caller ID feature nowadays.  Scam artists have learned to manipulate the caller ID function on your phones as part of a ploy to steal your personal information and/or your money. It’s called “Caller … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Electronic devices, FCC, Government Regulations, Privacy

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California Updates Privacy Rights with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Starting on New Years Day 2016, a new law will prohibit California law enforcement agencies from compelling California residents and businesses to turn over metadata or electronic communications (e.g., texts, emails, e-documents in the cloud) without a search warrant or court order. California … Continue reading

Posted in California, Electronic devices, Government Regulations, Privacy, State Privacy Laws, Uncategorized

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FDA Issues Unprecedented Alert Over Medical Device Cyber Security Risk

A fictional cyber-terrorist weaponizing a medical device by hacking into it has become a familiar plot premise in recent Hollywood dramas.  Unfortunately, the risk of harm from medical device hacking has now become an actionable, real-world concern. In an unprecedented move, on … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Electronic devices, FDA, Government Regulations

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World Password Day 2015!

Yes, today is “World Password Day 2015″ (#PasswordDay).  While it may not have the same panache as Cinco de Mayo, a day devoted to passwords still can be useful, especially for those who use terms like “bieber”, “123456”, “password” or “hackme!” to safeguard your … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Protection, Electronic devices

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Can Hotels Legally Block Wi-Fi Hot Spots? The FCC Says No, and Fines a Hotel $600,000 For Doing It.

In a public notice issued this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned hotels, convention centers and other businesses that it is illegal to willfully block or interfere with their guests’ Wi-Fi hot spots (and thus effectively require the guests to … Continue reading

Posted in Electronic devices, FCC, Government Regulations, Wi-Fi

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What’s The “Internet of Things” and What Are Its Legal Challenges?

The “Internet of Things” is the universe of smart devices that talk to the internet or to one another. The devices have unique identifiers and the ability to automatically transfer data over a network on their own, without human interaction. … Continue reading

Posted in Data Protection, Electronic devices, Internet of Things, Privacy

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