LEGAL THOUGHTS

This blog contains our personal opinions on legal topics that interest us.

May 2, 2019

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about data security myths, in particular about how frequently changing passwords was good.

It seems Microsoft was paying attention to the NIST guidance. 

In a recent blog post on the security baseline for Windows 10, Microsoft dropped t...

April 19, 2018

This is almost too crazy to believe -- and it sounds like something out of a movie.

In 2017, a casino's high-roller database was stolen via an internet of things (IOT) connected thermostat for a fish tank in a lobby (see Washington Post article; Mashable article)

Putting...

February 26, 2018

When discussing the EU's forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), commentators often say that it will be in force from May 25, 2018 and that it automatically becomes law in the EU member states. It also will be effective in the countries that are a part o...

January 16, 2018

​In 2016, US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) performed border searches on approximately 19,000 electronic devices, both inbound and outbound. In 2017, CBP searched approximately 30,000 electronic devices, which is roughly 60% more searches.  See CBP post

You might thi...

September 13, 2017

     How much worse can things get for Equifax in the wake of its data breach that could have affected approximately 143 million Americans -- or about 1/2 of the population of the United States (see link 1, link 2, link 3). 

     Well, it turns out that E...

June 29, 2017

     Last year, I wrote about a security myth that frequently changing passwords is good for security (see blog post).

     The Trusted Identity Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology released on March 31, 2017 a...

May 14, 2017

    In March, the U.S. prohibited passengers heading to the U.S. from carrying any electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin from 10 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa (link 1). The U.S. reportly will expand its large electro...

February 13, 2017

   What do you know about your data?  How should you be handling it?

     I recently received an email from Tresorit that provided a self-assessment tool to evaluate how you are handling your data.  The tool provides an evaluation concern...

February 5, 2017

     Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter in Philadelphia ruled that Google pursuant to a Stored Communication Act (SCA) warrant should turn over any emails in its possession related to the target of an FBI investigation, even those emails residing on a fo...

December 15, 2016

   Yahoo! announced yesterday that a billion user accounts were hacked in 2013 (link). This follows last year's announcement that 500 million user accounts were hacked. 

      A few websites are saying that Yahoo! users should close down their accounts (...