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IRS Chief Counsel Advises IRS Agent Not to Request Taxpayer E-Mail Contents From ISP

In IRS Chief Counsel Advice 201141017, an IRS agent tried to obtain a taxpayer’s e–mail contents from the taxpayer’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) without a warrant. The taxpayer’s ISP refused the IRS agent’s request, citing provisions of the Stored Communications … Continue reading

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! For tips about creating strong passwords, backing up your data, Internet safety and security, social networking privacy and security settings, and more, visit: StaySafeOnline.org. Tip sheets and other resources are available on their … Continue reading

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Protecting Privacy of Customer Personal Information in Borders Bankruptcy Asset Sales

As part of the Borders bankruptcy proceeding, Barnes & Noble offered to purchase the “consumer personal information” of Borders, including over 20 million customers’ online account information, e–mail addresses, and purchase history. However, Borders had a privacy policy that stated customer … Continue reading

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Ponzi Scheme in Online Video Game

In August 2011, thousands of players of the video game EVE Online found out that they were victims of an in–game Ponzi scheme. Players invested virtual currency in an in–game virtual company that paid out high returns supported by other … Continue reading

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Estate Planning and Digital Music: Copyright Termination Rights

I’ve written before about estate planning for digital intellectual property rights and specifically about estate planning and digital music. An August 15, 2011, article in The New York Times by Larry Rohter titled “Record Industry Braces for Artists’ Battles Over Song … Continue reading

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How to Remove Your Ex From Your Social Networking Accounts

When you part ways with your spouse or significant other, how do you remove your ex from your e–mail, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social networking accounts? An article written by Alan Henry called “How to Banish Your Ex from … Continue reading

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Value of Internet Domain Names in Estate Planning and Probate

Today, I saw an interesting article about the value of Internet domain names, especially as more mobile devices move to “apps” instead of Website–based services. The July 20, 2011, article was written by Austin Carr and appears in Fast Company magazine. … Continue reading

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Can the Government Compel You to Reveal Your Passwords?

In a law enforcement investigation, can the government compel you to reveal the passwords to unlock your encrypted storage devices and data? That’s the issue that the United States District Court for the District of Colorado must decide. I recently … Continue reading

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Government Searches of Cell Phones, Computers, and Digital Property

In my January 12, 2011, seminar presentation at the 45th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando, Florida, I spoke about estate planning for passwords, online accounts, and digital property. As part of that seminar, I spoke and wrote about … Continue reading

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Digital Property Created on the Internet Every 60 Seconds

On MSNBC’s Technolog, I read an interesting posting from June 16, 2011, by Rosa Golijan titled What Happens on the Internet Every 60 Seconds. These statistics come from an Infographic by Shanghai Web Designers (larger image), and, as Ms. Golijan points … Continue reading

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