Andrew Chow, Esq.
Getting Serious About Cybersecurity
FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. Hack attacks have been in the news for a while. But the most recent headlines seem to indicate that hackers are far outpacing security efforts to contain them. In the last week, we have learned that a major health insurer was compromised, possibly exposing the data of 80 million health accounts.
The Need for Speed Online: Don't Just Sit There!
FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. Do you ever get up in the morning, feeling sluggish and just not up to the tasks that await you? For most of us, the answer is yes, at least once in a while. And does it ever seem that your Internet connection is having a bad hair day? Specifically, does it feel like it takes forever for Web pages to download, reminding you of the days of 32k and 56k dial-up modems?
Bruce Jenner Crash Investigation: 5 Things You Should Know
After Bruce Jenner's crash in Malibu over the weekend, what legal facts should the public keep in mind? Jenner, 65, was involved in a four-vehicle crash that killed the driver ahead of him on the Pacific Coast Highway, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jenner declined medical treatment, but five people in other cars had minor injuries. A sheriff's sergeant told the Times the investigation could take months to complete.
GM Recall Compensation Fund: 4K Claims, 93 Settlement Offers So Far
GM's ignition-switch recall compensation fund is no longer accepting claims, as the January 31 deadline has passed. But that doesn't mean consumers are without recourse if they (or their loved ones) were injured in a recalled vehicle. As you probably know, GM issued a series of recalls in 2014 after an ignition-switch defect in about 2.6 million vehicles was linked to dozens of injuries and deaths.
Online Shopping: What's Buried in the Fine Print?
When you're shopping online, do you actually read the fine print? If you don't, you're not alone, according to a new survey by FindLaw.com. A majority of online shoppers -- 54 percent -- say they either skim or ignore online user agreements, terms of service, or other legal fine print they encounter. On the other hand, 46 percent of shoppers say they read "most" or "every word" of such agreements.
FTC Seeks to Thwart 'Revenge Porn'
FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. While the Internet provides many obvious advantages to people in this digital age, it can also enable a dark side for those intent on mischievous and criminal online behavior. "Revenge porn" is part of that dark side. So, what is revenge porn?
What's the Difference Between Libel and Slander?
What's the legal difference between libel and slander? As you may know, both libel and slander are forms of defamation -- a false statement that harms a person's reputation. To prove either libel or slander in court, a victim also needs to show that the statement was negligently, recklessly, or intentionally "published" (disseminated) to a third party.
Show of Hands: How Many Americans Support Cellphone Driving Laws?
How many Americans support laws that limit cellphone use while driving? According to a new FindLaw.com survey, it depends on what kinds of limits you're talking about. Half of those surveyed (50 percent) said they support laws that require hands-free cellphone use while driving, while 42 percent said they support a complete ban on drivers' cellphone use. Just 8 percent said they didn't support any limits at all.
Joan Rivers and Alleged Medical Malpractice: 3 Things to Know
Comedian Joan Rivers' death was the result of medical malpractice, her daughter claims in a lawsuit. What can consumers learn from this pending case? As you may recall, Joan Rivers underwent a procedure to remove a growth from her vocal cords last summer. She suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest during surgery and was rushed to a hospital; Melissa Rivers later decided to remove her mother from life support.
Keeping Our Tech Love Alive
FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. We live in a world in which we are bombarded with information data from many sources, and so much around us on the tech landscape is transparent. How, then, do we keep our tech love alive? Read on.Spoiling the Surprise? Yes, it is wonderful that we have so many interesting and creative information technology outlets.