The CFAA And Employee Computer Access Read more

The CFAA And Employee Computer Access

Can an employee appropriate his employer’s files for personal benefit while employed?  The Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit thinks so… Well at least in the context of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  This act is about exceeding authorized access.  If the employee has authorized access but chooses to use that access to […]

Your website’s Privacy Policy: Draft carefully and always abide by it. Read more

Your website’s Privacy Policy: Draft carefully and always abide by it.

Almost every e-Commerce website collects personal identifiable information from its users.  Personal identifiable information includes name, address, e-mail address, phone number, social security number, date of birth, age, gender, income, occupation, browsing patterns, etc.  Many websites have a posted privacy policy explaining what information is collected from the users of the website and how the information is used. 

Once a company posts a privacy policy on its website, it will be held legally liable for its failure to abide by the policy.  For example, Geocities’ website contained the statement “we will never give your information to anyone without …

Email privacy at work: Your employer can lie to you about reading your emails… and then fire you for relying on these lies! Read more

Email privacy at work: Your employer can lie to you about reading your emails… and then fire you for relying on these lies!

Most employees probably know that the emails sent from their work email accounts are probably being monitored.  However, what if your employer repeatedly assures you that all e-mail communications would remain confidential and privileged?  What if your employer further tells you that e-mail communications could not be intercepted and used by against you as grounds for termination or reprimand?  Can your employer still intercept your emails, read them, and then fire you for the contents…?  YOU BET!!

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