Form of Consent to Robo Calls in PayPal User Agreement Violates the TCPA Warns FCC

Last week the FCC sent a strongly worded letter to PayPal regarding amendments to the PayPal User Agreement to become effective July 1, 2015. The FCC warned PayPal that the changes may violate provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) which restricts the use of autodial, prerecorded, and artificial voice calls, including text messages. The provision of the new PayPal … Read More

US Law: Commercial vs. Recreational Use of Drones

In a post last Fall, I demonstrated the capabilities of my inexpensive drone and suggested that an imaginative attorney could find lots of ways to use such a drone in a law practice. I did not, however, address the legalities of using private drones for commercial purposes.  For now, it is an open question whether the commercial use of drones … Read More

Don’t be that Luddite Lawyer

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word Luddite describes “one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest [for fear of losing their jobs]; broadly: one who is opposed to especially techno­logical change.” Being an out of the closet technophile, I frequently en­counter self-described “luddite law­yers” who brag about their lack of … Read More

New SpiderOak Hive Works Like Dropbox and is a Better Ethical Choice for Lawyers

Lawyers have an ethical obligation to take reasonable steps to protect their clients’ confidential information.   This has become a significant challenge in light of daily revelations of data breaches and cyber attacks by individuals and criminal rings, hacking by foreign governments, and now news that the United States Government is collecting massive amounts of data from a wide variety of … Read More

Avoid Legal Malpractice— How to Select a Reasonably Secure Password

Recently, several highly publicized security breaches resulted in the theft of password databases containing from tens of thousands to millions of passwords. Some of these password collections have been publicly disclosed and they provide a wealth of insight into the typical passwords chosen by consumers.  It’s not a pretty picture. Based upon the analysis of these real world passwords, there … Read More