Siri is that trusted iPhone assistant who you believe is talking directly and only to you. Siri has become a useful resource for many – someone to assist with dictation or Web searches, or someone to simply act as your own George Glass when you’ve got no one else (I’ve been looking to make my first Brady Bunch reference for some time). But here too is a potential concern for employers in an area that we have been discussing with greater frequency: the protection of trade secrets and avoidance of data breaches.
In our last “bring your own device” post we explored some of the key security, privacy and incident response issues related to BYOD. These issues are often important drivers in a company’s decision to pursue a BYOD strategy and set the scope of personal device use withintheir organization. If the risks and costs associated with BYOD outstrip the benefits, a BYOD strategy may be abandoned altogether.
Samantha Murphy (@MurphySamanthaJ), a Tech Reporter at Mashable, reported this morning that American seniors are becoming more tech savvy. For the first time ever, more than half of U.S. adults over the age of 65 are online, from surfing the web to checking email.
The Alaska Dispatch published a story yesterday that reveals how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) condones misconduct and punishes those who speak out for the truth. The story by investigative reporters Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger is called, “Why is the lead agent in the botched case against Ted Stevens still working for the FBI?” The lead agent in question is Mary Beth Kepner.
LXBN TV: Examining the Sorry State of the Legal Industry & What Must Be Changed to Save It—Ronda Muir
As everyone is well aware at this point, the legal industry is going through some trying times. The demand for legal services simply isn’t high enough to support what the industry is currently suited to provide. To explain some of the damning numbers, what might be behind them and how the legal industry can move toward correcting itself, we bring in Ronda Muir, Founder and Principal of Law People Management, LLC and author on the Law People blog.
The advent of social media and the prevalence of mobile communications devices challenge employers seeking to prevent unlawful conduct in the workplace. Employees are no longer constrained by the need for physical proximity, or lack of access to a bulletin board, a telephone landline, or a fax machine.
On June 1, 2012, the Attorney General of Vermont announced a series of recent legislative moves to enhance the state’s consumer protection laws, including amendments to Vermont’s security breach notification law. The changes, which were signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin in early May, include a revised definition of “security breach,” the addition of a 45-day timing requirement for notifying affected consumers, and a requirement to notify the state Attorney General within 14 days of discovering the breach (or when notifying consumers, if sooner).
The Daily Beast had a great article on the cost of dying in America using one family’s story as an example. The article is adapted from Amanda Bennett’s book, The Cost of Hope: A Memoir. $33,382 for one hospital stay. $43,711 for the next. And a final $14,022 for the last three days of life. Across the country, sick people are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for “comfort care” at the end of their lives.
In the past year, there has been a spate of criticism of legal education. The upshot: it’s too expensive, it doesn’t actually train new lawyers, and it produces a lot of scholarship of no use to practitioners or judges. Pair this rising criticism with rising educational costs and rising legal unemployment, and it is hard to deny that law schools are facing a real crisis of legitimacy. As a very large consumer of legal scholarship, and a big fan of well-educated lawyers, this worries me.
The criminal trial in which Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator of Penn State’s football team, stands accused of sexually abusing at least 10 boys over a 15-year period began Tuesday, June 4, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky has been charged with forty criminal counts. Sandusky has also separately named as a defendant in a civil action in which one of the alleged victims seeks damages.