The Government Would Like to Keep Reading Your E-Mail

The scandal that brought down General David Petraeus this fall contained a miniscandal within it: just how easy it is for the FBI to read people’s e-mail. If Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell had communicated about their extramarital affair solely by telephone, their exchanges might have remained secret. But e-mail does not get the […]

Protect Yourself from “Phishing”

Dear Online Community: Email systems have recently experienced a higher and higher volumes of successful “Phishing” attempts that have resulted in a number of compromised online accounts. As is the case with most email service providers, a lot of email accounts are frequently targeted for this type of fraud, which can often result in outright […]

Can negative SEO really get your site penalized?

On April 24, Google introduced its Penguin update — a change to its algorithm that attempted to rectify issues associated with websites rich in low-quality links. These low-quality links include sponsored links, links referring back to unrelated websites, and those that refer back to sites whose anchor text repeat the same keywords, for example. In […]

How your business could get sued for using Pinterest

Believe it or not, Pinterest’s service agreement gives it the right to sell images that users upload. Let me pause to say Pinterest could be great. I don’t know of any service that would let me present this kind of material in as social and appealing a way as Pinterest does. More Information For more […]

Why you Should NOT Check Personal Email at Work

With technology and social networking playing an increasing role in the workplace, various legal cases are popping up regarding trade secret violations, privacy and social media as a whole. Michael Droke, co-department head of the Labor and Employment Group at Seattle law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, talks about how companies can protect themselves from […]

Fresh Out of Web Addresses

Just as there is a limit on the number of telephone numbers, there is also a finite number of Internet (IP) addresses. Every device, such as mobile phones and laptops, and every Web site gets its own unique number. What happens when the current IP addresses run out? That’s where the new Internet addressing system, […]

EU Chews on Web Cookies

Seeking to be a leader in protecting online privacy, the European Union last year passed a law requiring companies to obtain consent from Web users when tracking files such as cookies are placed on users’ computers. Europe’s effort to regulate online “cookies” is crumbling, exposing how tough it is to curb the practice of tracking […]