Sharon Nelson

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On January 14th, Forbes reported that a California judge had ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any previous ruling and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision. Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or…
Naked Security reported on January 14th that government websites are shutting down as their TLS certificates expire. Internet security and statistics company Netcraft says that more than 80 websites using the .gov domain have been made insecure or inaccessible thanks to expired certificates. TLS certificates are used by websites communicating over encrypted, HTTPS connections. A certificate is used to sign a website’s public encryption key, which ensures that your communication with that website is private…
Last week’s blog post, and the story behind it (the botched redaction of documents in Paul Manafort’s case) generated a lot of comments and questions, so I decided it was worth doing a follow-up post. Here is the “redacted document.” Some people asked how you could “uncover the text.” Scroll down to the portion of the document that has black highlighted text. Highlight that portion of the document, copy it, and then…
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, up pops a story from May 2018 that I missed. David Seale, a resident of California, was arrested and charged with commercial burglary after he broke into a Fresno office building, did a little celebratory breakdancing and left with a laptop stolen from a law firm. According to the story from Daily News, surveillance video shows Seale in the lobby of the law firm on May 6,…
A post in Axios by Joe Uchill summed it up: “The government is on hiatus. Enemies of the U.S. are not.” During the government shutdown, essential personnel are exempt from the furlough — so in theory, anyone fighting on the cybersecurity front lines is at work. But experts believe the loss of support staff makes the cybersecurity effects of a shutdown bad in the short term and worse in the long term. “Defending federal networks…
My oh my, where have we seen this movie before? Law.com (sub.req.) reported on January 8th that defense lawyers for Paul Manafort denied that the onetime Trump campaign chairman lied to prosecutors about his contact with the Trump administration, broadly contesting special counsel Robert Mueller’s claim that Manafort violated his plea deal. In court papers made public yesterday, defense lawyers said prosecutors were overblowing a text message exchange cited as proof that Manafort tried to…
On January 2nd, global insurer Marsh announced the launch of what it calls its next-generation online cyber self-assessment tool. The tool incorporates the latest insights on cybersecurity best practices to provide clients a robust cybersecurity program diagnostic and serve as a single application for cyber insurance, streamlining the procurement process. The enhanced cyber assessment uses information on organizational cybersecurity controls, technology, and people to identify strengths and flag areas of potential concern for underwriters, which…
Thanks to Bob Ambrogi for his post letting us know that Louisiana has amended its Code of Professionalism for lawyers with two provisions related to technology which provide: “I will use technology, including social media, responsibly. My words and actions, no matter how conveyed, should reflect the professionalism expected of me as a lawyer.” “I will stay informed about changes in the law, communication, and technology which affect the practice of law.” This is a…
Over the holidays, we lost a dear friend in the legal community and were once again reminded that we need to keep stressing the need for digital asset planning. Our friend knew he had cancer, but he believed he was going to beat the cancer – and he certainly never imagined a precipitous decline leaving his mind foggy and unable to speak or write. As a result, there is a great deal of financial and…