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The value of understanding international encryption regulation
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • May 11 2012

Encryption technology offers both substantial benefits (by protecting the confidentiality, authenticity, and integrity of business and personal information) and substantial risks (by making it easier for criminals and terrorists to conceal communications regarding illegal behavior


Does keystroke monitoring violate ECPA?
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • October 8 2011

A recent federal court decision points out two of the many critical ambiguities in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA): what constitutes an “interception” under the Wiretap Act portion of ECPA, and when is an email in “electronic storage” and therefore protected by the Stored Communications Act portion of ECPA?


Federal Wiretap Act does not preempt state law, court finds
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • May 12 2012

The federal Wiretap Act does not preempt more privacy-protective state legislation, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


Home Depot Settles with Consumers in Data Breach Class Action
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • March 19 2016

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia preliminarily approved a settlement between Home Depot and a class of consumers whose


Another Lost Laptop Results In Another Multi-Million Dollar HIPAA Fine
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • July 30 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) had agreed to settle allegations that


Wyndham directors found not liable for data breach
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • November 22 2014

A federal district court in New Jersey has ruled that the board of directors of Wyndham Worldwide Corp. is not liable to a shareholder for alleged


E-Commerce Law Week, Issue 924
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • China, USA
  • November 12 2016

On November 7, 2016, China’s National People’s Congress passed the Cybersecurity Law. The law’s strict


Warrantless search of digital camera constitutes an unreasonable search, court holds
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • February 11 2012

A federal district court in Oregon last month ruled that the warrantless search of a digital camera was not permitted pursuant to the “search-incident-to arrest” exception from the requirement for a warrant, and therefore violated the Fourth Amendment


Court Limits FBI’s Ability To Search Unknown Computers
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • April 23 2016

A federal court in Massachusetts, in U.S. v. Levin, ordered the suppression of evidence that the FBI had obtained with a warrant authorizing the use


DoD issues new breach notification and cloud computing rules
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • September 19 2015

On August 26, the U.S. Department of Defense issued an interim rule, effective immediately, that requires DoD contractors and subcontractors to