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Court Holds Personal Representatives May Provide Lawful Consent Under the Stored Communications Act

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued its opinion in the Ajemian v. Yahoo! case. With respect to the privacy protections of the federal Stored Communications Act, the court’s opinion states that “[W]e conclude that the … 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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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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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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