Tag Archives: Department of Justice

Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Emails Case

In an order issued on October 16, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corporation, a case with potentially far-reaching implications for the privacy of electronic data maintained by technology companies across the globe. The case, which Robinson+Cole has previously discussed here, here, and here, arises from a warrant obtained … Continue Reading

Supreme Court to Discuss Granting Review in Microsoft E-Mails Case October 6

The U.S. Supreme Court recently indicated that it will consider the federal government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corp. at its conference scheduled for October 6, 2017. United States v. Microsoft is a “cutting edge” case that concerns the ability of law enforcement to obtain electronic documents stored abroad … Continue Reading

DOJ Announces Project Focused on Admissibility of Forensic Evidence

This morning, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an initiative aimed at “examining and strengthening forensic science.” Presumably, the initiative will impact how the DOJ approaches digital forensic evidence in criminal prosecutions. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein made the announcement at the International Association for Identification’s (IAI) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The IAI … Continue Reading

DOJ Reports on Drones Flying Contraband to Prisons

While drone delivery services are certainly on the agendas of large retailers like Amazon, inmates in jails across the U.S. are already using drones to receive their own aerial contraband shipments. Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that there have been many attempts over the past five … Continue Reading

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) as well as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Although the … Continue Reading

Top Ten Education Developments, Breaches, and Settlements of 2016

This year has been a busy year for education law in the area of data privacy. Educational institutions continue to be a rich target for hackers. Additionally, there were some important developments in the interpretation of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) as it applies to educational … Continue Reading

DOJ Charges Defense Contractor with Removal and Retention of Classified Materials

The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it has charged a Maryland man, Harold Thomas Martin III with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government employee or contractor. According to the criminal complaint against Martin that was unsealed yesterday, Martin was a contractor with the federal … Continue Reading

DOJ and DOE issue guidance on privacy rights of transgender students

On May 13, 2016, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) describing reasonable steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) as well as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis … Continue Reading

BigLaw firms hit with cyber intrusions

Just a week after we reported [view related post] that the FBI warned international law firms that they are targets for cyber hackings, multiple (reportedly up to 50) BigLaw firms have confirmed that they have been victims of hackings and intrusions. Further attempts are expected. The FBI and Department of Justice have reportedly opened an … Continue Reading

Hacker has possession of 9,000 Department of Homeland Security employee information through social engineering and threatens to release data of 20,000 FBI employees

Boasting on a Twitter account, a hacker has claimed that he accessed over 9,000 Department of Homeland Security employees’ demographic information, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, and titles. The hacker claims that he obtained access to 1TB of data directly from the Department of Justice. The hacker explained that he gained access to a … Continue Reading

Apple ordered by federal magistrate judge to assist with unlocking of San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

Apple was ordered by a federal magistrate judge to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to federal investigators to unlock the password and access the encrypted data on a specific iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. The iPhone, owned by Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (the … Continue Reading
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