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Ohio court gives criminals another reason to love their smart (and not-so-smart) phones

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 2 2010

The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled last month in State v. Smith that the warrantless search of a cell phone seized incident to a lawful arrest is prohibited by the Fourth Amendment

When is football the solution to a marital dispute?

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 2 2010

When the dispute concerns the meaning of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA

French court strikes down another SOX whistleblower program

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • January 9 2010

France's highest court of appeals has ruled that multinational company Dassault Systèmes violated the law by instituting a whistleblower system that included uses not authorized by France's data protection authority, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), and by not notifying employees of their right to access, correct, and object to data collected about them

Gee, boss, I didn't know you would actually read my emails

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 9 2010

A federal court in Washington, D.C., has ruled in Convertino v. U.S. Department of Justice that an employee may reasonably expect privacy in personal emails sent over a work computer, despite a very specific policy stating that emails are not private and are subject to monitoring

Sacré bleu! French high court limits employees' privacy rights in the workplace

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • February 5 2010

The Cour de Cassation Chambre sociale, the labor chamber of France's highest court of appeals, upheld a lower court's ruling that an employer is entitled to open employee files not marked "private," even without the employee's presence or consent

Court's decision would severely limit employer use of CFAA

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 5 2010

A federal district court in Illinois has weighed in on what constitutes "loss" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), ruling that civil claims cannot survive absent evidence of "impairment or unavailability of data or interruption of service."

Court rules "no harm, no foul" on data breach claims

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 17 2010

In Ruiz v. Gap, Inc., the Ninth Circuit ruled that an individual had Article III standing to bring claims in federal court arising out of the theft of laptops containing his personal information, despite the absence of actual harm

Court makes it easier to unmask online posters of commercial speech

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 31 2010

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled in Quixtar, Inc. v. Signature Management TEAM, LLC, that that the Cahill summary judgment standard -- which requires a plaintiff to make out a prima facie case before a court will compel discovery of an anonymous individual's identity, and to try to notify that individual of the attempted unmasking -- is a bar too high when it comes to commercial speech

No reasonable expectation of privacy in communications information, Eleventh Circuit holds

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 23 2010

The Eleventh Circuit recently held in U.S. v. Beckett that a user of Internet and telecommunications services has no reasonable expectation of privacy in non-content information concerning his identity and his use of those services

Compliance with surveillance law is not "optional," court holds

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 23 2010

After a long and convoluted series of procedural ups and downs that rivals Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a federal court in California has held that the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program was illegal