Questions arising when a child finds dirty pictures on Dad’s “new” refurbished smartphone

Dad wasn’t pleased, after he purchased two refurbished cell phones he believed to be new, and his son immediately found photos and videos of naked folks doing nasty things on one of the devices. Dad’s lawsuit naming Sprint “and affiliates” claims the stars of the show were store employees who sold him the phones. Sprint […]

Intellectual Property Disaster: Box.com snafu deletes author’s files

Worth reading:  This account by a fan of cloud storage who is newly wise to the dangers of storing proprietary data in the cloud. But the author, a journalist named Dan Tynan, wasn’t sufficiently hardened to suit Habeas Hard Drive.  After sharing how some of his work was lost when another Box.com customer was given […]

SEC v. Tourre: Does anyone still need to be persuaded that personal email doesn’t belong on the company network?

News Coverage of a high-profile securities fraud trial reminds us of the perils of using company email for personal communication.  Recall that former Goldman Sachs trader and defendant Fabrice Tourre is accused of civil fraud in a suit arising from the sale of certain securities that he allegedly knew were part of a hedge fund […]

Digital security snake oil: Vendors capitalizing on media attention regarding data breaches

Until recently, evangelizing for data security was like shouting into the wind. Even regulated industries and companies with a high risk of data theft would often yawn and shrug.  Among those entities that understood the consequences of a date breach, many paid lip service to security. Two things have changed. First — data breaches are […]

Lawyers may need to opt out of LinkedIn; FTC ruling on breached companies; Warning from FBI to protect attorney reputation

In this issue of Habeas Hard Drive:  Item: A lawyer has opted out of LinkedIn because LinkedIn appears to know a little too much about the laywer’s practice.  Feature Story: FTC now coming down on companies that breach customer data. (Yes, it was an inadvertent breach!)  Item from the FBI: So you retire after years of stellar service as an attorney. Suddenly “you” (your stolen […]