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According to the Department of Justice Policy Guidance: Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology (Sept. 3, 2015), a cell-site simulator “function[s] by transmitting as a cell-site tower” as a means of remotely acquiring the “identifying information from cellular devices,” though not, according to the Guidelines, “emails, texts, contact lists, images or any other data from the phone.” The government appears to closely guard any information it derives from the use of this device. In fact, it issued a memorandum agreement in 2013 stipulated to dismiss cases rather than disclose use of a cell-site simulator. As discussed below, the accuracy of the Guidelines with respect to the scope and type of data a cell-site simulator can cull were also called into question in a dissenting opinion by the chief judge of federal appeals court. To that end, in 2016, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showed that the Virginia State Police used a cell-site simulator to capture not only GPS location and metadata, but also voice communication.
By Alan Friel and Stephanie Lucas
The importance of promoting brands and products on digital platforms has continued to grow as advertisers are learning how to use social media to reach out to specific populations by harnessing the power and goodwill of the people on these platforms that are popular with and influence particular niche groups of interest. These so-called “influencers” can have thousands, or even millions and tens of millions of followers. But when is the influencer an objective critic, and when is she a paid spokesperson?
By Ian Lopez
Panelists at ALM Cybersecure 2017 Delved Into the Year’s Biggest Legal Technology Buzzwords and the Hype Fueling Their Popularity
Legal technology has no shortage of buzzwords. The latest slew to take the industry by storm were the topic conversation in a Dec. 5 panel at ALM’s CyberSecure event in New York.
By Jonathan Bick
The Internet’s value arises in part from its ability to provide images, data and content quickly and at little cost. This ability results from the fact that Internet products — whether they be images, data or content — are each reduced to a digital format. Sharing products that have been so reduced may result in product liability.
By Kiran Raj and Mallory Jensen
In the event that your company is the victim of a ransomware attack, this article provides steps to be taken as part of its response to such an incident. It is meant to be a helpful guide, but the best response generally will depend on different factors, including the scope and severity of the attack, availability of remediation measures, and business sensitivities.