Beware Phony (or Exaggerated) Software Piracy Claims
By: Jeff Alitz For more than a decade, software companies or software trade groups/alliances have pursued aggressive cost-recovery strategies against customers and former customers for their alleged unauthorized use (i.e, no license available) of software and other intellectual capital published and marketed by the companies. While the deliberate use of such software without license is…
The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence – The Day is Coming in California
By: Renata Hoddinott Recognizing the emergence of technology, its impact on the practice of law, and the importance of lawyers understanding technology, the American Bar Association modified its Model Rules in 2012 to make clear a lawyer’s duty of competence includes both a substantive knowledge of the law and the competent use of technology. ABA…
New Cybersecurity Trend: Data Security and Disposal Laws
By: David Cole & Amy Bender Tales of data breaches flood our news reports these days. By now, you hopefully are aware that all 50 states have laws requiring persons and organizations that own or maintain computerized data that includes personal information to notify affected individuals, and sometimes the government, in the event of a…
New Task Force Aims to Reform California’s Technological Ethical Rules
By: Paige Pembrook On December 5, 2018, the California State Bar Task Force on Access Through Innovation in Legal Services held its first meeting and started a long process to modernize ethical rules that currently inhibit lawyers from fully using innovative technologies and services from non-lawyer businesses. Under the Current Rules of Professional Conduct for…
Many Drivers Don’t Appreciate Limitations of Driver Assistance Technologies
By: Wes Jackson Pump the breaks, George Jetson! While car technology is quickly advancing towards autonomous vehicles, we aren’t there yet. Even so, a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests many drivers overestimate the abilities of new driver assistance technologies, which could lead to unsafe driving habits. The study examined drivers’…
If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say….You Probably Shouldn’t Post It!
By: Shaun Daugherty & Samantha Skolnick Mothers all over the world have admonished their children: “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It may lose something when translated into some obscure dialects, but the sentiment was still there. Now that we live in the age of technology, it appears that…
Smart Cities Face Hacking Threat
By: Ze’eva Kushner As you sit in traffic, frustrated and wondering why the city or municipality cannot do something to ease congestion, know that a city’s use of internet-connected technology to make your commute better may also invite hackers to wreak havoc on your city. Traffic is just one of many problems that “smart cities”…
Head In the Cloud – United States Supreme Court Takes On Application of Domestic Warrant To Information Stored Internationally
By: Glenn M. Kenna The Supreme Court is set to decide a vital question this term – Can the government use a warrant served in the United States to obtain emails stored abroad? The United States Government says it can, Microsoft disagrees. The Case is United States v. Microsoft Corporation, in which the Supreme Court…
UPS Orders Tesla Electric Big Rigs – One Step Closer to Driverless Semis
By: Wayne S. Melnick Last month, Tesla Motors announced that it was taking its electronic vehicle technology one step further with the unveiling of the Electric Semi Truck . If the numbers are to be believed, the Tesla Semi not only achieves 0-60 in five seconds (unloaded) by also reduces the cost of shipping from…
GPS Tracking Devices – The Answer to Stopping High-Speed Pursuits?
By: Sun Choy In the era of drones and artificial intelligence, it was only a matter of time before technology caught up to stopping high-speed pursuits. In a suburb of metropolitan Atlanta, a police department successfully deployed a GPS tracking device to terminate a pursuit and later arrest the fleeing suspect based on the information…
Does the Fourth Amendment Allow a Forced Blood Draw After a DUI Arrest?
By: Sun Choy The Supreme Court will answer this question in Missouri v. McNeely. It is well established that the Fourth Amendment allows a warrantless search under exigent circumstances. During the oral argument last week, the Court suggested that increased technology may diminish the need for warrantless searches. With advancements in instant communications, a warrant…
Use of Drones in Law Enforcement – A Good Idea?
By: Sun Choy
USA Today recently reported that the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued advisory guidelines for the use of drones by law enforcement. While the number of drones in use is relatively low, the IACP anticipates the increased use of drones as costs come down. Not