Judge Sanctions Both Sides After Data Exposure by NonLawyers

Maybe you heard about an insurance case in which sides both sides got sanctioned over inadvertent exposure of confidential information by a nonlawyer associate. This story illustrates how electronically stored information (ESI) can get away from you, and has some suggestions for protecting privileged data. Click headline for full story.

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Evidence source: Dropbox attack victims may be employees who ignored their company’s policies

Cyberattacks against Dropbox are proliferating. Just as litigators have been forced into familiarity with social media as a source of evidence, they will also get to know Dropbox.

As Dropbox and similar file-sharing services are more widely adopted, and as their contents escalate in value – intellectual property and human resources data come to mind – they will be a growing source of leaked information and cyberattacks. Examining security policy, and its enforcement around file-sharing products, will be a key task for litigators, as will discovering which employees have complied and which have not. Click headline to read more.

How Cloud Contracts Booby-Trap Businesses

Attorneys may want to launch the new year with advice to clients about legal headaches headed their way, courtesy of the cloud.  Cloud service has been widely adopted for storage and software licensing, as a matter of convenience and economy. But companies are getting trapped by bad service agreements, according to a recent piece in […]

eDiscovery Twist: Las Vegas RICO trial spotlights important distinction between Yahoo Mail and Gmail

Employees of the world’s two largest free email providers recently testified back-to-back at a Federal trial in Las Vegas, about their respective policies for email archiving. Google and Yahoo each sent a witness to authenticate disks containing email evidence in a trial that produced the first-ever RICO conviction for an online conspiracy to trade stolen […]

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 […]