• 29 Oct 2011

    GUEST BLOG: New SEC disclosure guidance about cyber security risks

    GUEST BLOG FROM JIM BRASHEAR I welcome Jim Brashear as a Guest Blogger with his blog concerning cyber security risks. Jim is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Nasdaq-traded Zix Corporation , the market leader in email encryption services. He frequently appears as a public speaker on corporate governance, data security and information technology legal topics. You may want to follow him...
    • 26 Oct 2011

    GPS Data Will be Considered by the US Supreme Court

    Today everybody carries GPS devices in their phones (and tablets), but few people consider that our personal privacy may be compromised as a result. In November the US Supreme Court will hear argument ( US v. Jones ) as to whether the drug suspect's Constitutional right to privacy was violated since a GPS device was attached to his vehicle without a warrant . As a matter of fact, Roger L. Easton, the principle...
    • 21 Oct 2011

    Cloud Computing - Ancient Technology Solution with a New Name

    Use of remote computers has been around since at least 1964, but the current marketing buzz called Cloud Computing might make you think there's something new. However Cloud Computing is merely the newest label for the 1964 remote computing service called "Time-Sharing" at Dartmouth College using a General Electric 235 computers (and dumb terminals -Teletype 33/34). Since 1964 the same idea of using...
    • 20 Oct 2011

    TechLaw10: Internal Investigations in New Cloud Era

    TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss the challenges of doing business and conducting internal investigations when technology, including cloud computing and social networking, are involved. (Please visit the site to view this audio)
    • 20 Oct 2011

    INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR: Social Media in the City

    Starts: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 09:00AM GMT Ends: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 12:30PM GMT Event Type: Training/Seminar Location: One America Square London, GREATER LONDON GB Price: £249 (before VAT) Website: ...
    • 17 Oct 2011

    Are Privacy Policies Being Enforced?

    My eCommerce Times column for October is entitled " Shore Up Your Privacy Policy Before Disaster Strikes " and I encourage you to read it. Actually it was published the same day as my blog that more than 7.5 million children under 13 are on Facebook . Since the Federal Trade Commission regulates Internet privacy in the US and particularly the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act , it's...
    • 14 Oct 2011

    TechLaw10: U.S. Appellate Court Protects Email of Foreigners on Domestic Servers

    TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss protections enjoyed by the non-U.S. citizens under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. (Please visit the site to view this audio)
    • 12 Oct 2011

    More than 7.5 Million Facebook Users are Younger than 13

    The June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports included an article that Facebook has more than 7.5 million children as users which apparently is violating the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) which precludes children under 13 from using websites and in particular to join Facebook. The Consumer Reports article stated that: Of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the past year...
    • 10 Oct 2011

    LAUNCHED! Nexis® News Search App

    On a plane, on a train, in a car ( NOT while behind the wheel, please) ... from literally almost anywhere; you can now access via your iPhone or iPad. Here's the idea that got the ball rollin' as an iPhone and iPad App . do make a difference. Hey, keep the ideas coming! Don't' forget to read what others are submitting, submit your own innovative idea or cast your...
    • 7 Oct 2011

    FCC $8 Billion Plan to Expand Broadband

    The FCC plans to spend $8 billion to expand broadband service to more than 18 million citizens in rural America who lack high speed Internet access. In a speech, Julius Genachowski (FCC chairman) called access to broadband "a necessity": "Broadband has gone from being a luxury to being a necessity for full participation in our economy and society," Mr. Genachowski said. "This plan will...
    • 6 Oct 2011

    TechLaw10: Information Technology Overload – Time To Turn Off And Unplug?

    TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss how all the forms of social media at our disposal can lead to information technology overload, with the potential for people becoming so consumed by electronic communication that they do not live in the real world. (Please visit the site to view this audio)
    • 6 Oct 2011

    LexisNexis Communities: Sharing our Wealth

    When our community speaks - we listen. Many of you have suggested we share our wealth of community content: blogs, podcasts, and videos to an even broader audience. It's what led us to the decision to make LexisNexis Communities content available through the Windows Azure Marketplace . Azure allows for our content to be accessed, viewed and utilized via a variety of apps and resources. Himanshu Kumar Singh...
    • 4 Oct 2011

    Privacy Concerns raised at Chinese Ownership of Yahoo!

    A report in the Financial Times that Alibaba might take over Yahoo! has raised privacy fears. Jack Ma's (Alibaba founder & former Google employee) recent comment about the prospect that Alibaba was interested in Yahoo! set off privacy group alarms as reported by the Financial Times: "Lawmakers should oppose a deal where the data of Americans come under the control of a foreign company with links...
    • 29 Sep 2011

    TechLaw10: FTC Seeks To Protect Personal Data In Bankruptcy Proceedings

    TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss concerns about how personal information of Borders customers will be handles in auctions related to the company's bankruptcy proceedings. (Please visit the site to view this audio)
    • 28 Sep 2011

    eDiscovery Tool May Help HP Create a New Search Engine to Compete with Google & Bing

    New Scientist reports that HP may use the Autonomy pattern-recognition eDiscovery tool to develop a new search engine which would work in tandem with HP's text-based search. The report includes this example : ...the ability to point your phone at an image and having it return web links, documents, and other information. Other applications might be more robust internal database search for e-discovery or...
    • 27 Sep 2011

    TechLaw10: Cyber Crime Costing Companies Big Time

    TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss the Ponemon Institute's recently release Second Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study and the fact that cyber crime continues to cost companies significantly. The median annualized cost per company is $5.9 million. Jonathan and Eric also discuss the most common types...
    • 23 Sep 2011

    GPS Privacy in Doubt for Former OnStar Customers

    Effective in December 2011 OnStar GPS navigation-and-emergency-services company will collect vehicle data for those customers who terminate their agreements . The 10 page OnStar Privacy Statement states that: Unless the Data Connection to your Vehicle is deactivated, data about your Vehicle will continue to be collected even if you do not have a Plan. It is important that you convey this to other drivers,...
    • 23 Sep 2011

    TechLaw10:FTC Spots False Internet Claims and Puts Skin in the Game

    TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss a recent Android and iOS app that claimed to treat acne with colored lights emitted from the smartphone, and how the apps brought the sellers to the attention of the Federal Trade Commission. (Please visit the site to view this audio)
    • 22 Sep 2011

    Welcome Jonathan Armstrong and TechLaw10!

    The Legal Technology Blog is proud to introduce to YOU...Jonathan Armstrong and TechLaw10 ! Jonathan Armstrong is an attorney with Duane Morris LLP in London. He practices in the area of corporate law with a concentration in technology and compliance . Mr. Armstrong's practice includes counseling multinational companies on matters involving risk, technology and compliance across Europe. He has handled...
    • 22 Sep 2011

    TechLaw10: Privacy Spanning The Globe

    TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss the different approaches to privacy taken by the U.S. and European governments. (Please visit the site to view this audio)
    • 20 Sep 2011

    Protect Your Trademark from .xxx

    Trademark owners must act to avoid adult brands creating .xxx domains and can take advantage of the sunrise phase from September 7 through October 28, 2011. I welcome you to read the Gardere Intellectual Property Alert entitled " Prevent the XXX Industry from Using Your Trademark " written by my partner Kay Schwartz and associate Jason Fulmer including these quick facts: .XXX is reserved exclusively...
    • 16 Sep 2011

    Protect Your Business - Update your Terms of Service (TOS) & Click Agreements

    All Social Media and Internet businesses rely on TOS and Click Agreements to protect their legal rights, but few businesses take the time to make sure that the TOS and Click Agreements actually protect their business operations. I welcome you to read my eCommerce Times column entitled "Your Customers May Not Review Your ToS and Click Agreements, but You Should!" Early this fall in my Law of eCommerce...
    • 13 Sep 2011

    Copyright Troll Righthaven Near Bankruptcy

    After filing more than 275 copyright infringement lawsuits , it now turns out that Righthaven was not the owner of the copyrights asserted in the lawsuit, and as a result is now on the verge of bankruptcy. The copyright infringement claims were made for reposting pictures and stories previously published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owned by Stephens Media . A Nevada federal judge recently unsealed an internal...
    • 12 Sep 2011

    Google Buys Zagat - New Source of Data and Spread for Social Media!

    Google paid an estimated $100-200 million to expand its reach by purchasing Zagat Survey that potentially increases Google's Social Media power. Pew Research recently report that 92% of adults on the Internet use search engines every day , so couple that information with Google's "estimates that about 20 percent of its daily searches are for things that are nearby." Marissa Mayer (Google's...
    • 7 Sep 2011

    Should Google+ Users be Anonymous?

    Google's Eric Schmidt said in a recent interview that Google+ users should be not be anonymous since it would be better "if we had an accurate notion that you were a real person as opposed to a dog, or a fake person, or a spammer." Schmidt's comments thoughts reinforce one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons from 1993 with two dogs sitting in front of a computer with one saying to the other "on...