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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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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October has been designated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Here are a few resources from the federal government on how to stay safe online: Department of Homeland Security’s Mobile Security Tip Card Department of Homeland Security’s Social Media Guide … Continue reading

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Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

On September 28, 2015, the Uniform Law Commission released the final text of the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (revised UFADAA). The original UFADAA was released in 2014. For background on why the original UFADAA was revised, … Continue reading

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Remembering Gene Hennig

My friend and colleague, Gene Hennig, passed away on August 25, 2015. I had the privilege of working with Gene at two different law firms over the past 18 years. Gene was a business law attorney at the Gray Plant … Continue reading

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Theft of Virtual Currency and Virtual Property

There can be significant financial value in digital property, and thieves have started to take notice. Below are a few recent news stories about stolen virtual currency and stolen virtual property. In June 2015, armed robbers stole $1,100 worth of … Continue reading

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Can’t Remember Your Password? There’s a Pill for That!

A recent presentation by Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal’s Global Head of Developer Advocacy, argues that passwords are insecure and need to be replaced. One replacement he suggested is a pill that you swallow containing a microchip. Then, your computer or smartphone … Continue reading

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Appointing a Legacy Contact for a Facebook Account After Death

Facebook now allows you to appoint a “legacy contact” for your Facebook account after you die. Previously, after a user died, Facebook would not allow anyone else to access or modify the deceased user’s Facebook account, but the account could … Continue reading

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Video Clip: Family Fights to Access Late Son’s Digital Data

Minnesota’s KSTP-TV Eyewitness News ran a video story on January 20, 2015, by Tom Hauser about the Anderson family who tragically lost their nineteen-year-old son, Jake. Their son’s death was ruled accidental, but the family wants answers about the events … Continue reading

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Keeping a Secure List of Passwords, Online Accounts, and Digital Property

An important part of a comprehensive estate plan (planning ahead for incapacity and death) is preparing a complete list of your passwords, online accounts, and other digital property—and keeping it up to date. This list helps fiduciaries and family members … Continue reading

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Video Clip: Family Wants Access to Son’s Digital Data After Death

Minnesota’s KMSP-TV Fox 9 News ran a video story on September 9, 2014, by Ted Haller about a family wanting access to their deceased nineteen-year-old son’s digital data. They have been seeking access to his text messages, e-mails, and Facebook … Continue reading

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