E-discovery
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Lawyers in the Cloud

Considering using “cloud” storage for your law firm?  Or do you already use services like DropBox and GoogleDrive to transmit large attachments via email links?  Increasingly, lawyers like everyone else are moving towards the cloud.  Is it safe? What do you need to know before you commit?  If you already …

Defamation
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First Amendment / Defamation Case Discusses “Religious Internet Filtration Software”

The case of Darrel Bilbrey v. David Myers and First Pentecostal, Etc. from Florida’s Fifth DCA may be a significant case as to the “church autonomy doctrine” but also yielded a reference to an interesting internet tool:  faith-based internet monitoring. Here’s how this came up in a court opinion: the …

Privacy
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Florida “Do Not Call” List — Now Free

Register your home and mobile phones with the Florida Dept of Agricultural and Consumer Services’ “Do Not Call” list to prevent sales call to your home and cell phones. Previously, there was a charge for this service.  In light of new legislation, registration is free and easy. First, go to http://www.fldnc.com/ …

Privacy
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Florida Court Orders Plaintiff to Produce Facebook Content

Consistent with most jurisdictions nationwide, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida circuit court judge ordered plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case to produce Facebook data in discovery.  Plaintiffs had objected to the production on the grounds that the request was overbroad, burdensome, not within the scope of discovery, and violated privacy rights. …

Privacy
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What Are Your Jurors Doing on the Internet?

A persistent problem for the jury system has been jurors using the Internet during jury selection and trial.  Despite media coverage, the problem continues (even internationally). But there may be a positive side of this issue: jurors are, like the rest of us, often tied to the internet or smartphones.  Perhaps …

Privacy
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U.S. Supreme Court, GPS Darts & George Orwell

The case of U.S. v. Jones is set for oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court next week and may resolve whether police may physically attach a GPS transmitter on a person’s car to track its movements for an extended period of time — without a warrant. Read the article …

Privacy
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Facebook Security Settings for Lawyers (and Their Families)

As much as lawyers want to use Facebook for advertising, a key concern is security for their “public” accounts… and their personal ones.   This October 2011 article from the Palm Beach Bar Association explains, in step-by-step format, how to secure your Facebook accounts. In light of the recent Facebook …

Privacy
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Internet Safety for Parents and Students / Children

While much of the focus on Internet safety is on our children, a lot of what they learn may come from the habits of their parents.  I had the pleasure to speak to a group of parents, and then a group of 7th and 8th grade students, at Rosarian Academy …

iOS
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Using iPhone Location Data in Discovery

Remember the “news” that our smartphones are tracking user locations and storing them in files on the phone?   This article discusses how the iPhone accumulates and stores location data — and how it can be obtained by lawyers in civil cases. Originally published in the Trial Advocate Quarterly, Volume …

Privacy
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Do You Want LinkedIn to Use Your Profile in Their Ads?

Didn’t think so.  But their services agreement automatically opts you in. Here’s the fix: 1.  Log in.  Click on your name in the upper right corner.  Select “Settings” 2.  Find and click on “Account” in the lower right corner. 3.  Select “Manage Social Advertising.” 4.  The box is likely checked.  …

iOS
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Lawyers Should Turn Off “Sent From My [Smartphone]”

Lawyers, and really anyone, should pay attention to whether their smartphone is appending “sent by my iPhone”-type messages at the bottom of business emails.  It’s an unnecessary advertisement for someone else’s product in your communication AND sends a variety of poor messages. Don’t believe it?  Read this article, from the …