Apple Calls for Experts in the FBiPhone Debate
March 22, 2016
Judge Sheri Pym of the Central District of California was set to begin hearing arguments and testimony today from both Apple and the FBI until the FBI postponed the hearing after learning it could possibly unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple’s help. Many have said Apple’s refusal to obey the court’s order to unlock the phone is either a highly controversial marketing strategy or a proud stand in favor of every American’s right to privacy. As we await more information, BullsEye considers the case so far, and what it could mean for the future of cybersecurity and privacy.
Smart TVs and Data Privacy Concerns
February 16, 2016
Smart TVs provide everything imaginably viewable with just a click of a button, but what information are they collecting from you? They’re listening and compiling a wealth of data about your viewing habits, your programming preferences, perhaps even your network passwords. A recent class-action lawsuit suggests the security of the information collected by these smart TVs and other internet-connected devices is about as sturdy as a house of cards.
Does That Data Really Meta?
December 1, 2015
“Hi Ed, it’s Adam. I’m glad you liked the report I started for you. I’m going to compile all of the revisions you made to it, as well as my comments and changes, and produce all of that to opposing counsel tomorrow.” Adam did not write any portion of his expert’s report but, sadly, with the metadata included, it might appear as if he did. When it comes to revealing hidden, potentially case-altering stuff, the takeaway is clear: metadata really does matter.
Hacking Into Cybersecurity Threats
April 21, 2015
In light of recent widespread data-breach apprehension, the business world has raised serious concerns about potential liability stemming from sharing otherwise-private information with the government and other organizations. The potential for damage awards and settlements stemming from data-breach class actions is colossal. As such, leaders at more than 30 major companies pressed Congress for federal legislation that would shield private industry from liability from the potential problems that arise with cybersecurity. Congress responded with the introduction of a bill known as the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. Continue reading to learn more about this pending bill and implications surrounding it and other developments.
Court-appointed Experts: The Future of Litigation?
November 24, 2014
In a complex case dealing with the Silk Road drug-dispensing website, Judge J. Paul Oetken must be able to determine whether complicated physical evidence that the FBI searched for and seized from a secure computer is admissible to the case. When it comes to these types of highly specialized technological decisions, will courts now need to hire experts to explain and inform judges, or should judges be able to make these decisions on their own?