Speech and the Internet

Internet speech immunity exceptions are sought frequently by individuals and businesses who are affected by someone else’s comments about them via an online site.  Online sites are today’s marketplace of ideas to enhance the “competition of the market.”[1]  And so, the claim usually asserted is a defamation claim directed to the website from where the…

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Internet Cybersecurity and Data Security

Internet news events are reported daily about computer abuse, hacking, data theft and malware, nationally and internationally.  The concept of cybersecurity, as a term, appears bounced around by writers, scholars, politicians, and news media, short of carefully determining what it encompasses and how cybersecurity relates to the Internet.  Around the world the term is used…

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Business Data a Trade Secret

Business data in business could be considered a trade secret as it is an essential component of analysis and decision-making.  Businesses cannot compete without relevant data for their administration, process and service delivery.  Trade secrets in database records have value.  Such secrets are sought for competitive reasons. Intruding, a kind word for hacking, into another’s…

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Cybersecurity Rule Setting the Mark

Cybersecurity rule ideas, so far, have been piecemeal throughout the United States despite the numerous efforts.  Opposite to the European Union’s efforts through their General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) initiative, in the U.S. we have no such thing.  We do have bolstering amendments to Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, embodied in the Consumer Data Security and Notification Act…

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Data Security Negligence

Data security responsibilities are, at times, not met with the requisite level of diligence for compliance.  Standards for compliance, for many businesses, institutions, and service entities, are not as specified as one would be drawn to believe.  The disjuncture between responsibilities and efforts are becoming more evident with passing days as cyber incidents leave alarming…

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Cyber Security Claims

Cyber security claims are seldom tempered with an entities acknowledgement of its insecurity of electronically stored information (ESI) and its handling of consumer personal identifying information (PII).  Their efforts and planning executed, though they may be diligent, cannot anticipate cyber incidents and breach incidents nor should their efforts to prevent them be overstated.  All attention…

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Online Personal Information, What’s the Harm?

Personal Information is accessed so easily through the Internet that it causes concern for its privacy, handling of personally identifiable information (PII), and its correctness. With the use of a credit card and picking anyone’s name and selecting a state of some form of known or suggested relevance to an individual, anyone can acquire information on one’s profile. Whether…

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Trade Secrets in Databases

Database as a Trade Secret Trade secrets in database records fall victim to many who seek the potential value of stored records from a variety of entities, either from government agencies and competitor businesses, to also include medical and financial enterprises, and even from their own employer or client.  Intruding into another’s database is becoming…

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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…

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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…

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Data Breach Notification and the Ransomware HIPAA Question

Notification of a data breach is a worrisome step of any governmental entity, association, medical office, law office, data management entity, and even of a school or university. The provisions that attempt to address this progressing act of cyber attempts to acquire data, of any sort, are evolving.   An initial reaction to an incident is…

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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…

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