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Liability for data breaches goes beyond customer lawsuits


July 27, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

It’s not just your customers who’ll sue you if you’re hit by data thieves.  That’s what retailer TJX Companies, owner of clothing discounters T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, found out after a data breach led to a flurry of different lawsuits.  More…

New federal identity theft laws on the way?


July 26, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

New national identity protection laws have been working their way through the Senate and appear to have some bipartisan support. More…

Who can you trust with your private data?


July 6, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

It’s not just professional cybercriminals you should be hiding your sensitive data from. It’s also some of the most commonly used applications and powerful institutions in the computer world, who are either taking your data without your consent or doing a bad job at protecting it. More…

Cartridge company sues HP


June 21, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

Turbon AG, a German maker of replacement laser printer cartridges, has lodged a suit in U.S. federal court against Hewlett-Packard. The claim: HP stole the company’s trade secrets for refilling and remanufacturing toner cartridges. More…

Cybertheft victim sued by bank


June 8, 2010 by Sam Narisi

You’re a bank, and faulty security measures result in a customer’s account being hacked. What do you do? Apparently, you sue the customer. More…

Company sued after manager reads personal e-mails


May 25, 2010 by Sam Narisi

Do employees have a right to privacy when using personal e-mail accounts, even when they send the messages at work? They may, depending on the company’s policies, according to a recent court decision. More…

Can Congress get data security law right?


May 24, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

A surprising 70% of data security professionals in a recent survey urged the federal government to pass national data security laws. But are the feds up to the task? More…

FCC and judge: Junk text messages a no-no


May 20, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

Unwanted text messages from advertisers are subject to the same restrictions as annoying telemarketing calls, according to a recent court decision. More…

High Court case could change online privacy rules


April 19, 2010 by Sam Narisi

Pagers? Who uses pagers in the world of iPhones and Blackberries? Not many folks, but a legal dispute about the outdated devices could have an impact on the way businesses use other technologies. More…

Senators introduce new Internet security bill


March 29, 2010 by Sam Narisi

After controversy surrounding a previous proposal, lawmakers have returned with a new federal cybersecurity bill. More…

IT hurrying to meet EHR deadline


March 12, 2010 by Sam Narisi

Hospitals and doctors’ offices have four years to convert health records into digital documents. Will they be able to make the deadline? More…

Hard-hitting data breach law in place as of March 1: Did you notice it?


March 10, 2010 by Sam Narisi

Massachusetts has just put into effect a strict data security law — and don’t think that you can ignore it because your business is located outside the Bay State. More…

New data protection law in effect March 1


February 22, 2010 by Sam Narisi

As the federal government gears up to pass a law requiring companies to help prevent data breaches, states are making their own rules. More…

Getting junk mail over your fax? You can sue!


February 16, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

Fax may be dying out, but many companies still need them to conduct business, especially with less tech-savvy clients. But these days, you are as likely to get junk faxes as real communications. More…

Text messaging: Another e-discovery headache


January 26, 2010 by Steve Hannaford

While companies are still struggling to figure what e-discovery rules mean for e-mail retention, experts say there’s a new area to start worrying about: More…

Telecommuting incentives gain momentum


January 12, 2010 by Sam Narisi

State governments, as well as the feds, are gearing up to give businesses an incentive to start telecommuting programs. More…

Feds get tough on data breaches


December 8, 2009 by Steve Hannaford

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A major new federal data security law (Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2009) is gaining steam and is going to set new, more precise rules for the management and safekeeping of corporate and government data. More…

Lawyers can now grab your metadata


November 17, 2009 by Steve Hannaford

Most companies now understand that all sorts of data on their servers is vulnerable to be dragged into court in the event of a lawsuit. But now it’s their metadata that’s under attack, and the change may mean more trouble yet. More…

Company sued for firing obscene Web browser


November 10, 2009 by Sam Narisi

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When an employee’s caught looking at offensive Web sites, the person’s usually fired. But it’s not always that simple. Take this recent case, for example: More…

Feds put IT in the hot seat for security breaches


November 3, 2009 by Sam Narisi

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The legal liability for getting hacked is getting real, as a few recent news stories demonstrate — and Congress is working on even tougher rules. More…

Employee fired over empty cartridges sues


November 3, 2009 by Sam Narisi

A 25-year employee says he was wrongfully terminated after an ambitious co-worker falsely accused him of stealing used printer cartridges. More…

Texting in the car makes crash 23 times more likely


November 2, 2009 by Steve Hannaford

We all know that driving and text-messaging don’t mix. And the topic has gotten national recognition, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently calling it a “national epidemic.” More…

High–quality printers mean better fake IDs


October 23, 2009 by Sam Narisi

British police are battling an outbreak of new fake ID mills, all powered by high quality color laser printers. They’ve shut down at least 20 “ID factories” over the last year and a half. More…

Facebook scammers impersonate your friends


October 13, 2009 by Sam Narisi

There’s a new Facebook scam that everyone needs to watch out for. It involves cyber-criminals impersonating victims’ online friends. More…

Former inmate caught breaking into prison’s IT system


September 28, 2009 by Sam Narisi

Many companies run background checks while hiring to keep convicted criminals away from sensitive corporate data. Here’s a case where that strategy wouldn’t have worked. More…

Dell sued for fraud: Is your biz affected?


September 22, 2009 by Valerie Helmbreck

Dell customers in New York who claimed the company defrauded them recently learned they could be eligible for restitution. Were consumers elsewhere in the country also victims? More…

How cloud computing could land IT in court


September 15, 2009 by Sam Narisi

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Many businesses are turning to cloud computing for an affordable and scalable solution. Others are giving it serious consideration. But what are the legal dangers of keeping all that information in the cloud? More…

E-mailing at home: The latest legal trap?


August 26, 2009 by Sam Narisi

Thanks to new technology, many employees can get their work done anytime and anywhere. That sounds great to managers — but it could get the company sued. More…

Getting more e-mails than usual? Study says your company’s going under


August 25, 2009 by Sam Narisi

The way e-mail’s used says a lot about a company’s culture. But can e-mail patterns tell you when a company’s about to go belly-up? More…

Do your firm’s managers spy on employees?


August 6, 2009 by Sam Narisi

Many employers monitor employees’ e-mail use to prevent data leaks, harassment and other legal problems. In one recent case, a manager went a step further, putting his company on the hook for a violation of privacy. More…


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