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What the Patreaus Scandal Tells Us About Email Privacy

This article discusses the Patreaus affair from the standpoint of practical email privacy tips for lawyers, law firms, their clients, and families. A brief explanation is provided how emails (or even fake email addresses) are traceable with free software and what data exists on the person’s computer to show what …

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E-discovery
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What Does a Child Pornography Case Tell You About Computer Evidence?

Want to know how to find (or hide) on a computer what websites were visited, what images were viewed, and what files were deleted?  Even if you are not a computer forensic specialist, you can find this information using basic steps and free software on the Internet.  This is helpful …

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iOS
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Tweak Your iPhone to See Signal Strength in Decibels, Not Bars

There has been criticism that the all-too-familiar cell phone bars on your iPhone are not entirely accurate.  There is a (reversible) trick to show reception in decibels, not bars.   This gives you a number (sadly, for me, usually ranging between -100 and -80) which is a more precise measure …

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Uncategorized
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5th Circuit Holds Cell Phone Data Not Protected by SCA

The federal Stored Communications Act (SCA) does not protect text messages, photos, and video on a cell phone since the phone is not a “facility” nor an “electronic communication service” as defined in the federal statute.  An employee had her phone taken from her work locker and inspected for potential …

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law & order
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Is Hacking Your Spouse’s Email Account Equivalent to “Domestic Violence” in Florida?

A husband discovered that his wife had accessed his email account and, according to him, she also threatened to shoot him.  So he sought a domestic violence injunction.  Ultimately, it appears that there was no evidence that the wife made the threat about the gun however, at the hearing, she …

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iOS
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Lawyer’s Guide to iOS 6

Both the ABA and the Am Law have come out with recent surveys confirming that nearly half of the lawyers using a smartphone choose iPhone and over 90% of tablet-lawyers are using an iPad.  No surprise.  But are they using their iDevices correctly? Check out this one-page guide for lawyers …

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Uncategorized
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Florida Trend Legal Elite 2013 – Please Vote

Florida lawyers: a brief request shameless plug to vote for me in the Florida Trend Legal Elite 2013. Thanks for your help. The link is here. Christopher B Hopkins / Akerman Senterfitt / West Palm Beach.

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iOS
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Palm Beach County Bar: How to Effectively Use Technology in Your Practice

Thanks to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Committee for the invitation to speak on “How to Effectively Use Technology in Your Practice.” We focused on iPhone/iPad apps for your practice, mediation, and trial as well as general social media discovery and marketing tips. Today’s …

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Contracts
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PDFs Are Modifiable – Learn to Sign in 10 Minutes

This article from the October 2012 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin will explain that PDF documents are not “fixed” but, instead, can be easily modified on your iPhone or iPad. It gives instructions to learn, in 10 minutes, how to sign documents on the road. Have clients retain you in one …

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iOS
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15 iPhone / iPad Apps for In-House Counsel

I recently spoke at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) South Florida Third Annual CLE Conference, along with fellow Akerman lawyers, Michael Marsh and Brian Miller, about iPhone app development issues for inhouse counsel (more colorfully titled, “CYA (Cover Your Apps).”   Just in time for you to upgrade to …

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Privacy
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Sniffing Unencrypted WiFi Does Not Violate Wiretap Act

A federal court in Illinois recently approved a party’s interception of user data on public WiFi systems at hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets and other commercial outlets.  This practice, known as sniffing, involves someone with a laptop, a Riverbed AiPcap Nx packet capture adapter (or equivalent), and free Wireshark network …

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Ethics
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Judge’s Guide to Social Media

The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that it was grounds for disqualification if a judge was Facebook-friends with the prosecutor.  In Pierre Domville v. State of Florida, a criminal defendant moved to disqualify Judge Andrew Siegel because the prosecutor was one of the judge’s friends on Facebook.  The …

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Uncategorized
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FAA Is Considering New Rules Re: Use of Devices During Take-Off, Landing

The FAA is seeking comments about its current policy which airlines follow regarding passenger use of personal electronic devices.  Yes, that list that flight attendants rattle off (which surprisingly still includes “iPods” and “Gameboys”).  So apparently it is time for review and comment. The FAA’s call for comments is in …

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Uncategorized
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Mandated E-Service for Florida Civil Filings as of September 1, 2012

The Florida Supreme Court has required e-service in Florida Civil cases by September 1.  The change-of-date order is here.  The underlying order is here. Confused?  Here’s sources of information so you can prepare your firm over the next month. The Florida Bar News had these relevant articles:  “Court Sets E-filing, …

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Ethics
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Can a Law Firm Operate ONLY in the Cloud?

Can a lawyer operate a pure internet-only “virtual law firm” where counsel never speaks or meets with the client face-to-face? The California State Bar recently issued opinion 2012-184 saying that virtual law offices (“VLO’s”) are acceptable with some considerations. The hypothetical setting is that clients would sign up for transactional, …

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