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September 30, 2016  6:51 PM

JASTA: E-Discovery Story of the Year

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, government

Political and foreign policy ramifications aside, Congress’ recent override of President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia has the potential for some really interesting e-discovery implications. In case you haven’t watched CNN lately, Congress...

September 29, 2016  12:39 PM

Archivists Dealing With Born-Digital Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, history, museum, Storage

When former Texas Governor Rick Perry left office in 2014, the records he left to the State Library and Archives Commission included more than 7 terabytes of data, writes Isabelle Taft in the Texas Tribune. But there weren't any digital archives to put it. “While the governor’s...


August 31, 2016  10:58 PM

FBI Deliberately Uses Old FOIA Software

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, FOIA, government

We’ve all experienced the sort of person who performs something badly on purpose in order to get out of doing it. Whether it’s a secretary who makes coffee badly because she doesn’t think it should be her job to make coffee, or a husband who does household chores or child-raising badly so he...


August 25, 2016  11:25 PM

Apollo Software Renews Interest in Rope Memory

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, history, Storage

The recent publication of the original Apollo 11 lunar module code in GitHub is bringing new interest to a really arcane form of storage: Rope memory. Let’s get the Moore’s Law, kids-these-days aspect of this over with right away: The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) had just “36,864...


July 31, 2016  4:00 PM

Eek! Laptops Full of ISIS Porn!

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security

You could call it Porn Wars. The U.S. conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being fought not on the battlefield – to the extent there even is a battlefield with the guerilla-focused organization – but also psychologically, using pornography. For example, the activist...


July 29, 2016  12:31 AM

EU, U.S. Agree On User Data Privacy

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, privacy, Security

As you may recall, last fall the European Union got concerned about its citizens' user data privacy regarding sending data to U.S. companies, because of data...


July 20, 2016  12:57 PM

Microsoft Wins One for the Data Privacy Team

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
government, Microsoft, privacy, Storage

Is data owned by a company based in one country, but stored in another country, subject to seizure by warrant by the government of the first country? U.S....

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June 30, 2016  8:54 PM

Court Backtracks on Ganias Data Collection

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
E-discovery, ediscovery, government, law, privacy, Security

Let’s say you were bad. (Of course, none of you are, but let’s say you were, for the sake of argument.) The government wants to look at a few files on your computer, but makes a copy of all of them, because, you know, it’s just easier. Then, three years later, the government decides you...


June 22, 2016  4:35 PM

FBI Facial Database: Big and Broken

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
FBI, government, privacy, Security

As you may recall, governments and government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are building giant databases of faces, using...


May 31, 2016  10:49 PM

Fearing Government Warrants, Firms Ditching Client Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security

In this day and age of “big data,” where many companies are trying to collect more and more data about their customers so they can analyze it to serve them better or sell them more stuff, some Silicon Valley companies are trying the opposite tactic: Jettisoning as much customer data as...


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