Author Archives: Jim Lamm

Protect Against Identity Theft During Tax Season

Tax-related identity theft and tax-related scams are a big concern for taxpayers and for the IRS. For example, an identity thief might use your Social Security Number to file an income tax return before you do, collecting a tax refund. … Continue reading

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PayPal Faces Proposed Class Action Lawsuit Related to Charitable Donations

On February 28, 2017, a complaint was filed against PayPal in a proposed class action lawsuit related to charitable donations. PayPal provides online-payment processing services, including enabling customers to donate money to charitable organizations. PayPal Giving Fund is a charitable … Continue reading

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People Watch One Billion Hours of YouTube Videos Every Day

On February 27, 2017, YouTube announced that people watch one billion hours of YouTube videos every single day! Their announcement noted that it would take one person over 100,000 years to watch one billion hours of YouTube videos. Back in … Continue reading

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Short Videos Explain Five Top Internet Security Risks

If you are interested in learning more about Internet security basics, there is a free video training course briefly explaining five top Internet security risks. Each training video is only 10-15 minutes long, and the courses include: How to Choose … Continue reading

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Is Visiting a Web Site a Crime?

Is it a crime to visit a Web site? That’s one of the issues the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has been addressing in United States v. Nosal (decided April 10, 2012) and in Facebook v. Vachani (decided July 12, … Continue reading

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Two New Cases on Using Computers “Without Authorization” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Two new cases on using computers “without authorization” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act were decided in July 2016, and both were decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The first case, decided on … Continue reading

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Study Shows Users Don’t Read Terms of Service Agreements

Not surprisingly, a recent study shows that users don’t read Terms of Service Agreements and Privacy Policies. In a July 7, 2016, working paper, Jonathan Obar and Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch reported that, in their experiment, 98% of users missed the “gotcha … Continue reading

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Minnesota Joins Other States Enacting the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

On May 22, 2016, Minnesota’s Governor signed a bill enacting the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA). The new law takes effect August 1, 2016, and will be found in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 521A. The new law … Continue reading

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Widow Told by Apple to Get Court Order So She Can Continue to Play a Card Game on the Couple’s iPad After Her Husband’s Death

Peggy Bush, a 72-year old Canadian woman whose husband died in August, was told by Apple that she needed to obtain a court order so that she could continue playing a card game app on the couple’s iPad device. The … Continue reading

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Income Taxes, Identity Theft, and Identity Fraud

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 17.6 million individuals in the U.S. were victims of identity theft in 2014. When a data breach occurs at a company, the company may offer to provide identity protection services to its … Continue reading

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