Secret Service starts new Cyber Crime Task Force

Last week the United States Secret Service announced the creation of the “Cyber Fraud Task Force,” to focus on the investigation of cyber financial crimes. The new task force is the result of a merger of two prior groups focusing on cyber crime and financial crime respectively, and is an acknowledgement that many if notContinue reading “Secret Service starts new Cyber Crime Task Force”

Why Section 230 really matters to business

Protection doesn’t have to be attractive to be effective. There’s a lot of discussion in the US political arena about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Much of it is, frankly, wrong, but I’m not here today to tell you about why I think that to be the case. I do want toContinue reading “Why Section 230 really matters to business”

Think you can’t be sued in the US?

“I’m telling you Dad, you shouldn’t use AWS for your new website.”It should come as no surprise that the internet has thrown old rules of jurisdiction (a fancy word for where a lawsuit can successfully be brought) into question. Courts are – somewhat understandably – hard put to determine when businesses from far-flung countries shouldContinue reading “Think you can’t be sued in the US?”

Is your website ready for prime time?

Time to get to work!Since we’re all at home trying to figure out how to make money while away from the office or, even worse, bricks-and-mortar store, this is a good time to think about updating your website. Many businesses with an online component are holding on pretty well under the circumstances, and some areContinue reading “Is your website ready for prime time?”

Hey, I’ve lost my company’s domain name!

The registration system for domain names isn’t really set up for corporate ownership, since the “owner” of a domain name is typically the person who is listed as registrant rather than the corporation. The down side of this system is something we see all the time, particularly with small companies – a domain name isContinue reading “Hey, I’ve lost my company’s domain name!”

Disability-related lawsuits find new targets

Since at became law in 1990, there’s little doubt that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped make public buildings and businesses more accessible to the disabled. At the same time, however, brick-and-mortar businesses have long complained about the cost of ADA compliance, and claim that many ADA-related lawsuits are more about making moneyContinue reading “Disability-related lawsuits find new targets”

German court decides Parents can’t access deceased child’s Facebook account

A German appeals court has decided that the Facebook account belonging to a deceased minor cannot be accessed by the deceased minor’s parents, according to German business website Handelsblatt. A couple in Berlin sued for access to the Facebook records of their daughter after she was killed by a subway train in Berlin, hoping toContinue reading “German court decides Parents can’t access deceased child’s Facebook account”