Internet Computing Terms

Internet computing terms are commonly mentioned in a law firm’s discussions where the practice focuses on issues in the market engaging the Internet, and among other aspects, e.g., computing, e-commerce, data protection, software development, application development, data management infrastructure, cloud processing, and cyber security, to mention as few.  As these terms arise in conversation, contracts…

Software Patent Filing Abstract Snags  

Software patent filings have gone through snags during the approval process.  For many, not having a clearly stated specific enhancement to preexisting software was a liability to the filing’s success.  Failing to satisfactorily describe a technical improvement on providing the innovation to the previous invents is another snag.  Not distinguishing the innovation from previous filings…

Internet Mugshot Publishing Curtailed

Internet mugshot published online haunts a person for years with embarrassment.  For many, as well, the mugshots do not bear a meaningful purpose for others throughout the Internet to know.  What remains is the ill circumstance of having future employment out of reach or present employment terminated, for the inadvertent past event. The harm lingers…

Internet Speech and Defamation I

Internet speech has drawn concern for its limitless, it seems, availability for anyone to air their comments about something.  While there are certain protections for speech, the inherent lack of truth in the statements or the lack of concern for the truth in making such a statement online about someone, engenders a considerable amount of…

Internet Information the Malady of Doxing, “You’ve been Doxed”

Internet information that is available to read on the Internet about someone or anyone to see is startling.  There is a lot to be said about the amount of information available on the Internet.  Many are surprised on how their information got on the Internet and the ease with which public information and personal information…

Website Crawling and Data Scraping Thoughts

Website crawling and data scraping have burdened the growth of e-commerce as website owners are witnessing their data scraped.  The legal questions have lingered.  Many questions stand out.  The prevalence of crawling and scraping has become too of the norm for those using web content for business, research, or marketing purposes. The common theme is…

Data Security Practices

Data security practices are increasingly becoming a theme among management and employees in the administration of business and their daily work process.  The common element in data breaches is the element of human negligence, training or the underestimation of needed attention.   The extent that incidents are occurring, information technology personnel and operations personnel are finding…

Data Breach Insurance

Data breach insurance is becoming a growing concern and a topic for businesses to address their risk management administrative panoply. Considerations may sway a business towards a third-party insurance coverage or a first-party insurance coverage or both depending on the services provided.  Previously posted writing regarding the cyber insurance needs, we discussed the limits that…

Computer Abuse by Password Sharing

Computer abuse can occur by the simple act of password sharing to gain access to a computer and its network. Password sharing for use of a computer is seldom realized as a wrongful use.  It is as well not realized by many account holders that sharing their account passwords or access passwords is as well…

Advertising Disclosures

Advertising disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission are addressing numerous issues with regard enhancing disclosures of sources of the statements being made in an advertisement.  As creativity increases so will the efforts for the FTC to find aspects, not to their liking.  As the FTC pursues companies using native advertisers or influencer programs, restrictions will…

Defamation Online Issues

Defamation online in reviews posted by readers and comments stated in social media platforms throughout the United States and across its borders, raise legal questions. The aspects of posts in general also raise the issues of responsibility an individual has in controlling the content of one’s Facebook page or blog.  The Communication Decency Act, Section…

Website Safe Harbor Copyright Notice Designation

Website safe harbor takedown requirements by the Copyright Office is soon to undergo changes.  According to the Copyright Office, it is the responsibility of a website owner or online service entity to make it easy for a copyright holder to contact the website regarding the possibility of content infringement.  The agent designation requirement[1] process form,…

Online Contracts Consent and Choice of Law

Online contracts trip the line that draws on possible arguments for applying the choice of law principles.  Platform terms of service, though frequently updated, may not be providing appropriate notice to inform the public user.  Data collection practices of social media platforms for purposes of claimed efforts to provide enhanced services to the user public…

Internet, Internet of Things and Cyber Threats

Internet of Things or “IoT,’ as commonly referred to, have proliferated our culture and will continue as they acquire growing attention with functionality and ease.  Their attraction is in their usefulness engendering efficiency, productivity, and an expectation of enhancing one’s fitness and along with self-awareness. The idea of IoT has brought the attention of platform…

Internet Technology and Employer Internet of Things

Internet technology and the internet of things pervasive expansion in our everyday lives has become a crazy, a thing to do, and something to use by employers.  The risks of privacy are overlooked as well as liabilities when an employer goes too far.  The application of technological uses to keep track of employees, staying in…

Data Security and the Internal and External Cyber – Insecurity

Data security and the insecurity of electronically stored information (ESI) is ephemeral and any anticipation of its occurrence or origin is absolutely unpredictable.  All attention is always on the external incidents but little is focused on the internally sourced infraction.  Seldom do entities envision the internally sourced incident.  The risk from internal unauthorized access to…

Ransom Seeking Malware, What to know and Do

Ransom seeking malware is nefarious and it comes in different flavors.  The hedge of control is to hold hostage vital information within your network in exchange for compensation.  Healthcare providers, financial institutions, and government entities have been the victim.  Its variants and its methods are complicated means of affecting ways an entity accesses its information…

Data Security Relevance to More than Just PII

Data security relevance is customarily popping up in everyday life, business, and in our system of society.  To think that billions use handheld devices for entertainment, staying informed of news, and to also be able to know where they are and where they are going, there is another segment of our network life infrastructure, growingly…

Data Security Breaches Settled and Filed

Data security breaches are becoming too common for comfort and ease as we engage in daily as participants in the marketplace.  Companies, governmental institutions, nonprofits, and organizations are quickly learning that cyber incidents could be a day away.  If they claim that their information is secure their claim can be checked and they can be…

Consumer Data Security Claims Monitored

Consumer data security claims by many businesses seek to settle the fears and doubts of many consumers engaging in electronic payments.  Those representations should be tempered with an accurate description of its practices to keep consumer information and transaction data secure.  Several agencies have been tasked with a different scope of authority.  Data security has…

Cybersquatting by Website Designer

Cybersquatting by a website designer is seldom a thought of concern by potential clients who are in the midst of working or are considering the work of a website designer for their start up a business.  Terms are rarely dickered with to ensure the handling of the domain selection and eventful registration.  When an unauthorized…

Right of Publicity

Publicity of one’s identity without permission frequently happens to sports figures, actors, and to possibly world record holders, including Hacky Sack world, records holders.  The latter persona is the type actually who filed a district court action in Illinois claiming invasion of privacy and false advertising.  As argued, a commercial ran showing that an individual…

Privacy Issue of FCC over ISPs

Privacy is a late to-come-by issue of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Internet Service Providers (ISP) were reclassified.  As part of the push for net neutrality, ISPs were soon to be treated as common carriers by the FCC.  This has left the door open for broadband providers to access customer information that is proprietary…

Music Access Going Offline

Music Access in time past was always a concern for the nostalgic music enthusiast, especially the desire to hold on to music treasures from one’s growing up years. There was the concerned about scratching and breaking and not being able to find another issue.  The digital innovation has liberated the music industry allowing for creative…

Copyright Challenge – Ideas and Expression

Copyright for many individuals appears to be anything they write, express, or present on paper.  By putting content on a book one assumes it’s copyrightable, whether it is text, photos, or drawings.  For a yoga studio in California this was the mindset.  That which they organized together in the form of photos displaying poses was…

How Private is our Privacy

Privacy may not be as private as we would consider, and not much more than what we are capable of to keep private, as long as we live a cyber life.  Take for instance, the wearables that caught the craze throughout 2015 and became a popular item to buy at Christmas and other items that…

Cybercrime Considerations for Cases

There are cybercrime considerations for cases as well as there is a judicial learning curve when it comes to cybercrime and judges  are not alone.  Cybercrime harm cannot be assessed with the mindset of assessing punishment as if it was a physical criminal act without assessing the extenuating consequences of a cyber-criminal act.  In cases…

Cloud Technology Use for a ‘God View’

Uber’s cloud technology use for a ‘God view’ was exciting to experience among its employees.  With every innovative creation there is always the bit of excitement and a bit of dreaming of the capability devoid of cognition for security and for its ramifications.  To insert concepts of security and considerations of ramifications is a downer,…

Cybersecurity Breach Aftermath with FTC

Cybersecurity and cybersecurity breach are difficult topics to discuss with clients because of the unknown variants and for their simple trepidation toward addressing the vulnerabilities and investing the capital for prevention and training.  From internal planning involving establishing a process to addressing external intrusion possibilities they tend to be cumbersome for a company’s administration to…

Identity Theft Event Responses

Identity theft laws in states may vary by state but a notice requirement is common among them.  The frequency and extent of data breaches is staggering with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) recording over 700 breaches so far recorded in 2015 affecting roughly 200 million records.  The previous year, the ITRC recorded for 2014…

Internet Freedom of Speech at Risk

Internet freedom of speech is not given the attention it merits while the EU ponders on its EU Data Protection Regulation.  Many rightfully fear that censorship is looming near and is nearer than one imagines.  While the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has lingered since the 1990s, many countries have followed the EU aspiration of…

Cross Device Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission has noted that cross device tracking which is a consequence of the Internet of Things (IoT) falls essentially within its auspices.  Considering the concerns with transparency and the required notices to consumers, cross device tracking is just not getting attention for purposes of enhancing consumer protection.  The advertising industry representatives as…

Fate of the Internet

Life has changed with the Internet but it will change even more as the fate of the Internet is in court hands once again. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will determine how Internet providers will change how we use the internet, what content will be permitted, and how we access and…

Copyright Basis

Copyright basis draws the question of whether copyright law is based on government granting a monopoly, if you will, vis-à-vis against any other potential entrepreneur.  Many see it that way and tend to deny copyrights having a proprietary property right for the creator of the work.  Historically the value of crafting an idea composed was…

Linking Defamatory Content Online

A case from Washington state dealt with online defamation from linking defamatory content online.  The court wrestled with the issues of proving defamation online.  The court articulated that the First Amendment freedom speech is to be protected and the courts hold to that as well when it comes to online speech and linking defamatory content.  In the era of…

Copyright and Derivative Work

In the realm of intellectual property, copyright and derivative work gets attention when the issue of collaborative rights arises. Copyright and derivative work controversies happen when the joint contributing plans do not materialize as intended between, for example software developers, researchers, writers, or production designers. The scenario is similar to one dealt with by the…

Standing in Data Breach Cases

After years of hesitation to find standing in data breach cases, federal courts are now viewing factors to base standing.  When the matter has been the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), the courts have not found standing in data breach cases because they required evidence of actual usage of that PII.  The actual suffering…

Website Defamation Immunity

Website operators, either as defendants or plaintiffs have resorted to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to determine website defamation immunity and defamation liability.  Under the Section 230, blogs or forums, for instance, benefit from website immunity from tort liability if the information was from a third-party.  That third-party could be a subscriber,…

CISA

CISA The U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA,” S. 754). In passing it had to consider a variety of issues before it regarding the amendments to CISA.  The proposed amendments of CISA have one goal in common, to enhance privacy and strengthen the privacy. One of the issues was to clarify the…

Security of Internet of Things

The security of internet of things is unknowingly pervading our everyday life.  Items that can be remotely accessed for information, turned on to operate, adjust their operation settings, and process into a network are all fraught with vulnerabilities.  Security of internet of things is just becoming news worthy to some and ignored by great majority.…

International Service of Lawsuits Via Email

International service of lawsuits via email is an option when the physical address of an international defendant is unknown.  According to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad (Hague Convention), when the physical address is unknown the Hague Convention does not apply.  In practice, as long as the email address does not return an undeliverable…

Copyright Filings and the Library of Congress

Copyright law – Intellectual property law There is a unique requirement with copyright filings and the Library of Congress. Seldom does one wonder how the Library of Congress is the world’s largest library with over 140 million materials that include maps, films, sounding recordings, software programs, photographs, and books. The Registry processes nearly half of…

Trademark Free Riding

Many brands in a strong competitive industry have the challenge of trademark free riding posed by not necessarily their own competitors.  Company brands struggle against other entities that are not necessarily in their industry, benefiting by their use of a similar if not identical mark from the reputation they have tried to build. This “free-riding”…

Software Development

Software development and implementation is critical to the growth of a company’s innovation program. The source code is software development is a valuable trade secret and is transferable easily through varied mediums.  This is a challenging concern for trade secret – software owners. Challenging issues for intellectual property owners and the pursuit of prosecuting trade…

Cyber Security and Assessing Cyber Liability – An Internet Law Lawyer’s comment

Cyber security is an aspect of insurance that new and growing and with it there is the need to assess liability and the needs of the business.  Securing insurance coverage for cyber-attack events should address your cyber liability. Considerations should address monitoring, risk assessment to prevent gaps in coverage, lower deductibles with the use of…

Spying On Emails

(Reuters) – Spying on emails has drawn the attention of the courts. A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday…