The Last Stand of Lavabit: A Case to Watch

The details of government surveillance programs brought to light in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks have already spawned multiple lawsuits.  Klayman v. NSA was filed literally the day after the first revelations came out in The Guardian.  US District Judge Richard Leon called the government’s spying technology “almost Orwellian” in his widely cited

Justice Department May Reform Controversial Anti-Hacking Law

It’s almost impossible to talk about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the “CFAA”) without first mentioning Aaron Swartz. Aaron Swartz was a computer programmer and Internet activist who ran afoul of the Justice Department just a few years ago. Police arrested Swartz in 2011, after he allegedly accessed the computer network at the Massachusetts

State Legislatures Consider Bans on Municipal Broadband Initiatives

The current broadband Internet marketplace is, unfortunately, limited to a few competitors. Typically, the average household has access to options for high speed Internet from their cable company, telephone service provider, and possibly a fiber optic high-speed Internet provider (depending on their location). Many areas, especially rural areas, do not have access to these high-speed

More than Just ‘Friends’: Facebook Friend Requests from Judges Constitute A Request to Engage in Improper Ex Parte Communication

Under a ruling recently passed by the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal, judges must live up to a higher standard than most in respect to their interactions.  A simple Facebook ‘friend’ request, while innocuous among members of the non-legal public, can merit a judge’s forced recusal from a case if sent from a judge

Silver Linings: Target’s Data Breach Could Lead to New Consumer Protections

For Target Corporation, December 2013 was an utter disaster. Just before Christmas, the company revealed that hackers had stolen personal information for as many as 110 million of its customers. From November 27th until December 15th, hackers accessed customers’ credit and debit card numbers, names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses. The breach was

Are Automatic License Plate Readers Invading our Privacy?

Automatic license plate readers are rapidly being adopted across the country for use by law enforcement agencies and private businesses. While license plate readers can quickly identify wanted vehicles and enhance public safety, many are questioning the lack of regulations behind the use of this technology. License plate scanners work with the use of cameras

New Method of Lethal Injection Facing an Uphill Battle

Two weeks ago, Ohio executed Dennis McGuire using an untested drug combination. The state switched to the combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphine, a painkiller, after manufacturers of the previous drug, pentobarbital, refused to sell it for executions. The combination was originally expected to be used in the execution of Ronald Phillips in November

Mobile Banking: a Gateway to 21st Century Bank Robbery or a Worthwhile Convenience?

I hardly remember the last time I went in a bank.  I seldom carry cash so the vast majority of my banking can be completed from home, or perhaps on the bus, or at work—anywhere really because I do it all from my phone.  And I’m certainly not alone as there are already more transactions

#vindicated: Courtney Love Wins America’s First “Twibel” Lawsuit

A California jury recently found in favor of Courtney Love in the nation’s first libel-via-Twitter, or “Twibel,” lawsuit.  After eight days of testimony and three hours of deliberations, the jury determined that Love was not liable for publicly posting a disparaging tweet about her former attorney, Rhonda Holmes, concluding that Love did not realize the