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  • Border Searches and Attorneys’ Personal Electronic Devices

    Can border patrol agents seize or conduct searches of personal electronic devices at U.S. entry points? And what does this mean for attorneys who need to carry their devices with them as they travel in and out of the country? On January 5, 2018, the Customs and Border Patrol Agency released an update to its policy on this subject, the first update since 2009. According to

  • Cybersecurity and Small Law Firms: Making Data Protection a Top Priority

    Small Law Firms Need Data Protection

    Cybersecurity and Small Law Firms: Making Data Protection a Top Priority

    While most news reports covering cybersecurity breaches tend to focus on large public companies with household names, small firms—even tiny startups—are every bit as vulnerable to the same forms of digital fraud. In most cases, non-public firms are also subject to the same scrutiny by potential investors, careful clients, and the SEC.

    If

  • American Bar Association Opinion on Securing Client Data

    In May 2017, the American Bar Association issued a formal opinion on attorneys’ duty to ensure the security and confidentiality of attorney-client communications. ABA formal opinions are not binding, but are considered highly persuasive authority and given a lot of deference by state bar associations in defining and interpreting their own ethical rules.

    The opinion interprets Rule 1.6(c) of the Model Rules of Professional

  • American Bar Association Formal Opinion on Securing Client Data

    In May 2017, the American Bar Association issued a formal opinion on attorneys’ duty to ensure the security and confidentiality of attorney-client communications. ABA formal opinions are not binding, but are considered highly persuasive authority and given a lot of deference by state bar associations in defining and interpreting their own ethical rules.

    The opinion interprets Rule 1.6(c) of the Model Rules of Professional

  • Snap removes Al-Jazeera from “Discover” section of its app in Saudi Arabia at Saudi government’s request

    Per TechCrunch:

    We understand that Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission, acting on behalf of the Ministry Of Culture and Information, informed Snap that Al Jazeera’s Discover Publisher Channel was in violation of Article 9 of the Saudi law of Printed Material and Publication, and Article 6 of the Saudi Anti-Cyber

  • NYT: Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Government Controls

    Facebook’s recent cooperation with the Vietnamese government is highlighted as part of a larger discussion in the New York Times around the relationship between large tech companies that control increasing amounts of user data and governments that seek access to that data:

    While Facebook said its policies in Vietnam have not changed, and it has a consistent process for governments to report illegal content, the Vietnamese government was specific. The social network,

  • US bans federal agencies from using Kapersky over Russian spying fears

    The Department of Homeland Security has issued a directive banning at least six federal agencies from using Kapersky:

    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has issued a directive given at least six federal agencies a timeline to get rid of the software from government networks.

    The move comes amid parallel investigations by Congress, and the FBI under Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential ties between Donald Trump’s

  • Wired: Equifax breach was entirely preventable

    Wired published a scathing indictment of Equifax’s cybersecurity practices and its response to the massive breach that was apparently a result of those practices:

    CAPPING A WEEK of incompetence, failures, and general shady behavior in responding to its massive data breach, Equifax has confirmed that attackers entered its system in mid-May through a web-application vulnerability that had a patch available in March. In other words, the credit-reporting giant had more than two

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