Tag Archives: Microsoft

To Extend or Not to Extend Consumer Rights to All

Microsoft announced this week that it would extend the consumer rights currently given to California consumers through the California Consumer Privacy Act to all consumers—no matter where they reside. I applaud this move (especially because I don’t reside in CA). But why should my personal information be protected differently than those who live in California? … Continue Reading

Health Care and Manufacturing Industries Still Threatened by WannaCry

Although many thought that WannaCry was in the rear view mirror, a recent report by Artemis, based on client experience, found that health care organizations and manufacturing companies are still being hit with the ransomware that affected hundreds of thousands of machines in 2017. According to the report, 40 percent of Artemis’ health care clients … Continue Reading

Patch, Patch, Patch Those Vulnerabilities

The bane of data security is the patch. The patch is what your IT guys are doing in the background to fix vulnerabilities in software that are known to the manufacturers, and to attempt to fix the vulnerability before hackers can exploit it. Patching is a very important part of a security plan, but the … Continue Reading

SSD Hardware and BitLocker Encryption

Security researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands have discovered a flaw in several manufacturers’ solid state hard drive firmware that can be exploited to read data from self-encrypting drives (SED). The researchers published their findings in a paper on November 5th. The authors identified several methods they were able to use to bypass hardware … Continue Reading

Office 365 Migration

Many companies are migrating their email systems to Microsoft Office 365 (O365). The majority of security incidents in which we have been engaged in over the past six months involve a hacker successfully phishing an employee of the company (most of the time someone who is an executive in the company) and then spoofing the … Continue Reading

Congress Enacts CLOUD Act within Omnibus Spending Bill to Address Overseas Storage of Electronic Data, Potentially Mooting Supreme Court’s Pending Microsoft Case

On March 23, 2018, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (H.R. 1625), an omnibus spending bill that includes the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (the CLOUD Act). Among other provisions, the CLOUD Act amends the Stored Communications Act of 1986 (18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2712, hereinafter the SCA) by … Continue Reading

Recent Supreme Judicial Court Decisions Highlight How Courts Must Embrace Technological Change

Courts are often faced with the dilemma of applying centuries, or even decades, old law to constantly evolving technological advancements.  See, e.g., Transcript of Oral Argument, United States v. Microsoft, No. 17-2 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2018) (attempting to ascertain the relationship between the Stored Communications Act, a 1986 law, and modern cloud computing and storage … Continue Reading

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

Take-Aways from WannaCry

We have read multiple reports on WannaCry and if you are reading this and don’t know what WannaCry is, Google it for the background story. The clear message is this is not the last major attack we will see, and future attacks will only get more sophisticated. It is being estimated that the cost associated … Continue Reading

Box, OneDrive, a Combination—What’s Your Flavor?

The cloud-based file-sharing and collaboration business continues to grow, inspiring competition between two heavy weights: Microsoft and Box.  Last week, Box announced over $100 million in third quarter revenue growth despite competing with Microsoft’s OneDrive file share for SharePoint. Aaron Levie, Box CEO and co-founder, believes that “the need for Box is clear; today, business … Continue Reading

Uber Announces Use of Facial Recognition Technology for Passenger Safety

In an attempt to reduce fraud and boost passenger safety, Uber is implementing facial recognition technology beginning on September 30. Before starting a driving session, Uber drivers will now be asked to take a photo of themselves “periodically” so that Uber can match that photo against the photo Uber has on file. The driver’s account … Continue Reading

France’s national data protection commission orders Microsoft to protect is users’ data

This article co-authored with guest blogger Leonel Gonzalez, a R+C summer associate and student at Roger Williams University School of Law An investigation by France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has found that Windows 10 has been “collecting excessive user data” and has been tracking users’ web browsing without their consent. The CNIL has ordered Microsoft to … Continue Reading

Public-private team of security experts disrupt Dorkbot malware

This is how it should be—private companies working with law enforcement to disrupt evildoers on the Internet. Late last week, Microsoft announced that it teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security, Europol, the FBI, Interpol, the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, the Computer Emergency Response Team Polska, security vendor ESET, and the Canadian Radio, Television … Continue Reading
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