SCOTUS cell phone decision has application to civil eDiscovery

The so-called “internet of things” will produce exponentially more information related to every human life, and more incursions into personal privacy. What is the limit on eDiscovery when your mattress is equipped to send a signal to the coffee pot and the thermostat as soon as it detects that you’ve stirred in the morning?

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.

Robots at work and on the road: A rich source of eDiscovery

Liabilities from human employees may pale in comparison to those presented by a workforce comprised of robots. The popular media are obsessed with robots, and their expected impact on employment. But only a few reports have explored legal liability. Habeas Hard Drive looks one step further, at the impact of robots on evidence preservation and discovery. Click on the headline above to read more.

Road-testing a lame defense for information breach: “It was a very sophisticated attack.”

They said it in the news coverage, and in recent congressional hearings. Retail executives used the same phrase as they explained why cyber thieves were able to breach their networks. “It was a very sophisticated attack,” according to top executives at Target, Neiman Marcus, and other companies who find themselves in the spotlight. Google the […]

North Carolina Lawfirm loses digital records to CryptoLocker attack

Habeas Hard Drive has been warning about CryptoLocker since last fall. This attack shows up in booby-trapped  emails.  It encrypts your data, and holds it for ransom. Now we learn of a law firm that’s lost its files to the Cryptolocker. Attorney Paul Goodson told a local television station that he paid the ransom, but […]

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 […]

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 […]