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Florida’s New “Sexting” Law Makes it Criminal for Minors to Transmit Sexually Explicit Materials Electronically

Florida has joined 20 other states have enacted legislation addressing teen sexting. Because employees frequently transmit these materials using their employer's networks, retail, entertainment, hospitality and other industries that traditionally employ large numbers of younger workers may soon get dragged into criminal proceedings because of "sexting" by their younger workers.… Continue Reading

Deleting E-mails Can Constitute a “Damage” Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

What is a company’s recourse when a former employee deletes e-mails and other company electronic information before he leaves? A case from Indiana provides a lesson. When Meridian Financial Advisors began serving as Receiver for bankrupted OCMC, Inc., it took possession of a number of OCMC computers, including one belonging to Joseph A. Pence, OCMC’s President … Continue Reading

Pretexting and the Need for Employers to Investigate Their Investigators

As reported by Ameet Sachdev, of the Chicago Tribune, a jury found an employer responsible for the actions of its investigators who obtained a former employee’s phone records through “pretexting.” Of the $1.8 million awarded to the former employee for breaches of her privacy, the jury awarded $1.75 million in punitive damages. Regardless of whether … Continue Reading
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