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NO EVIDENCE that “personal information was ever transmitted” So Google Wins Privacy Lawsuit!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Android users lost their lawsuit claiming that Google “violated its own privacy policy by disclosing their names, email addresses and account locations to third parties without permission, to boost advertising revenue” according to Reuters.  On July 15, 2015 US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal (Northern District of California) in the case In Re Google, Inc. Privacy… Continue Reading

Cyber Rewards – A New Concept in Airline Mileage Reward Program?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
According to the Washington Post United Airlines “had rewarded two people with 1 million free miles of air travel each for discovering and disclosing software defects through the airlines “bug bounty” program…. so named because it offers bounties for the detection of software defects — is the first of its kind in the transportation industry,… Continue Reading

Amazon Guilty of Antitrust Violations?

Posted in eCommerce
Booksellers and authors demanded the DOJ (Department of Justice) investigate that “Amazon has used its dominance in ways that we believe harm the interests of America’s readers, impoverish the book industry as a whole, damage the careers of (and generate fear among) many authors, and impede the free flow of ideas in our society.”  As… Continue Reading

Bloggers Beware- You May Go to Prison!

Posted in eCommerce
Free speech is not the law in Singapore where a 16 year old blogger was just released after 50 days in prison for “criticizing Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore” according to a recent New York Times article.  On July 3, 2015 Amnesty International  issued a demand issued  -“Singapore: Free 16-year-old prisoner… Continue Reading

Is the Internet “not a necessity or human right”?

Posted in eCommerce
Commissioner Michael O’Rielly (Federal Communication Commission – FCC) has been criticized for “commingling of the words “necessity” and “basic human right.””  Infoworld’s recent article “Do we really need the Internet?” about the June 25, 2015 speech of FCC Commissioner O’Rielly to the Internet Innovation Alliance entitled “What is the Appropriate Role for Regulators in an… Continue Reading

Did you realize that DDoS is used for Cyberblackmail?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) blackmail is just one form of cybercrime that historically has not been reported because victims of cyberblackmail “often do not publicly acknowledge the attack for reputational reasons” including banks, cloud services, or the like.  A recent Verisign report entitled “Distributed Denial of Service Trends” included these 3 motivations for DDoS… Continue Reading

Department of Justice (DOJ) Recommends that Lawyers Need to Know about Cybersecurity

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
According to the DOJ it is a best practice for every business is to have “legal counsel that is familiar with legal issues associated with cyber incidents” in its recent “Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents.”  The April 2015 “Best Practices” includes these comments about ensuring legal counsel  is familiar with… Continue Reading

Will the Google’s New Myaccount Improve Compliance with Privacy Laws?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Google’s claims that Myaccount “gives you quick access to the settings and tools that help you safeguard your data, protect your privacy, and decide what information is used to make Google services work better for you.”  In a June 1, 2015 blog Google explained that myaccount.google.com can help with the following: Take the Privacy Checkup… Continue Reading

Cyberinsurance Coverage of Legal Fees is Essential for All Businesses

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
There are many variables in selecting cyberinsurance and “each of these types of insurance have significant benefits depending on a business’s size, organization, and industry” according to the “Using Cyber Insurance and Cybercrime Data to Limit Your Business Risk” report issued by SurfWatchLabs which included the main types of cyberinsurance coverage from over 50 insurance… Continue Reading

IoT Wearables Lawsuit! Jawbone Accuses Fitbit of Stealing Trade Secrets

Posted in eCommerce
Jawbone alleges that “beginning in early 2015, Fitbit recruiters contacted an estimated 30 percent of Jawbone’s workforce” and “Fitbit’s objective is to decimate Jawbone.” The New York Times reported that Jawbone is ‘…accusing its rival of “systematically plundering” confidential information by hiring Jawbone employees who improperly downloaded sensitive materials shortly before leaving.” The May 27,… Continue Reading

Don’t Click “I Agree” for Cloud Services without Considering these Top 3 Cloud Contract Terms!

Posted in eCommerce
Too many companies merely accept click agreements for Cloud services without considering what they are committing to, but there are at least 3 terms that cause major problems including “Access to Data, Privacy, and Audits” as I explain in my May 2015 monthly column at eCommerce Times entitled “The Cloud’s Threatening Legal Storm.” Here are… Continue Reading

Phishing and Malware Cyberattacks are Directed at Law Firms (and Clients) – So it’s Time to Train Employees

Posted in eCommerce
No surprises about where cyberattacks are focused as reported recently that about 45% of IT security decision makers are worried about “phishing attacks, and employees clicking on links within email which download malware and email attachments which download malware.”  In April 2015 Osterman Research issued its “Best Practices for Dealing with Phishing and Next-Generation Malware”… Continue Reading

Are HIPAA Laws Effective? Must Not be Since Healthcare Cyberattacks Have Increased by 125% in the Past 5 Years!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, IT Industry
I have always thought HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)  was a huge waste of time, money, and resources which was confirmed by a May 2015 Survey which estimates “that data breaches could be costing the industry $6 billion” and more “than 90 percent of healthcare organizations represented in this study had a… Continue Reading

Oh No! Your Lawyer’s Been Hacked (Probably You Too!) – 11 Sure Signs of Hacking and What to do!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
InfoWorld’s recently reported that no one is safe, neither lawyers nor clients because in “today’s threatscape, antivirus software provides little piece of mind,…and hackers still reach us on a regular basis.”   The recent Infoworld Deep Dive Report is entitled “11 signs you’ve been hacked — and how to fight back” which gives specific advice about… Continue Reading

Disruptive Innovation in Law and “The Future of Legal Education: Preparing Law Students to Be Great Lawyers”

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
On April 24, 2015 I gave a Keynote speech about “Ethical Concerns about Cyber Threats and the Internet” at the Oregon Law Review Symposium on Disruptive Innovation in Law and Technology.  The same day my Oregon Law Review article was published and I encourage you to read “The Future of Legal Education: Preparing Law Students… Continue Reading

Can the DoD Really Provide Cybersecurity?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Given the scale of cyberattacks from foreign governments and criminals one may really wonder if the DoD (Department of Defense) can really protect the US,  but with The DoD Cyber Strategy report issued in April 2015 we now have a better idea about what the DoD is doing.  The report includes these statements: We are… Continue Reading

Clouds Are Not Really Very Safe! – Here are 9 Security Threats Everyone Needs to Understand

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
A report from the  Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) explained how the cloud is not as safe as many people think it is based on “nine major categories of threats that face cloud technologies” which organizations “must weigh these threats as part of a rigorous risk assessment, to determine which security controls are necessary.” CDW issued a… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Planning & Training High on the List for Cyberinsurance Under New Regulatory Principals

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted 12 principles for “direct insurers, producers, and other regulated entities to join forces in identifying risks and adopting practical solutions to protect information entrusted to them” on April 17, 2015.  The NAIC’s 12 “Principles for Effective Cybersecurity: Insurance Regulatory Guidance” included these Principles: Principle 4: Cybersecurity regulatory… Continue Reading

Google’s 92% of the Search Engine Market in the EU –Because it’s the Best Search Engine? or Anticompetitive?

Posted in eCommerce
Since 1992 Pew Research has reported that more than 90% of adults use search engines daily, but it is likely because the users like the search results not because of anticompetitive behavior.  The New York Times April 15, 2015 report stated that the EU filed claims against Google which “focused on accusations that Google diverts… Continue Reading

Lax Password Management – Survey Results Show that 1 in 5 Employees Admit they Share Passwords!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
A recent survey “uncovered a widespread level of employee indifference towards protecting sensitive corporate data, including personal information of customers.” In January 2015 SailPoint’s reported the results of its 7th Annual Market Pulse Survey which also include these comments from Kevin Cunningham (President and Founder of SailPoint): Employees may have moved away from the post-it… Continue Reading