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Heartbleed: Another reason to change your passwords

One rule of thumb for maintaining data security is changing passwords on a regular basis. Why? Because security bugs are discovered all the time and those bugs are exploited. This week the Heartbleed security bug was made public. As this article from The Wire says, “What should you know about Heartbleed, a recently uncovered security…




Dropbox institutes a copyright no-fly list: file hashing against a blacklist

In Cloud-computing, two surefire ways to go out of business quickly are: 1. Violate your customer’s privacy 2. Non-compliance with intellectual property law So how does a SaaS company insure compliance with a copyright takedown notice without breaching customer privacy? According to TechCrunch, Dropbox’s new solution is file hashing against a blacklist. The new system…




Google creates cartoon to explain how it complies with Warrant requests

Sometimes the best way to explain a complex concept is to create a how-to cartoon. Google just did that to describe how they processes Warrant requests for customer data. Here is a link to the YouTube video, Way of a Warrant. As someone who once created a comic book series to explain how securities options…



We’re all in the data privacy business now.

People sometimes ask me why I am obsessed with privacy and data law. Why? Because if one does business internationally, then it appears that one is now also in the business of data privacy. This Reuters article, “Data privacy shapes up as a next-generation trade barrier“ is directly on point.




Data Law: Good News and Bad News

SPOILER ALERT: This is the first blog entry and will not cover anything substantive. Congratulations! By reading this, you have shown your interest in data law. Just what is data law? Data law is the law relating to the management, usage and ownership of data. But what does that really mean? Data law is one…