10/22/2012 - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving the use of dogs to sniff out narcotics. In the cases, the Court is determining whether dogs can be used to ferret out drugs inside a private residence and what credentials are necessary to prove that a drug dog is properly trained.
10/17/2012 - The U.K. blocks extradition of a hacker who breached U.S. military networks. The U.S. Department of Justice fights a lawsuit brought by a House committee over the Fast and Furious program. The EU demands that Google meet privacy standards.
09/28/2012 - A U.S. district court has refused to dismiss a case in which the plaintiff, a night club owner, argued that his “friends” lists from Facebook and MySpace are trade secrets under the law. The court ruled that the plaintiff took reasonable steps to protect the information in question.
08/27/2012 - An employee granted unrestricted access to his employer’s computer network cannot be found guilty under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) if he later steals information from his employer, another district court has ruled. The decision agrees with the Ninth Circuit but conflicts with the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh circuits.
07/30/2012 - An employee with a condition causing unpredictable heart spasms may not pursue his claim of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A federal appeals court ruled that the employee’s health condition posed a direct threat to safety because the job required him to operate heavy machinery.
07/26/2012 - Courts issue decisions clarifying when individuals can be compelled to turn over computer passwords to law enforcement, and lawmakers consider bills on cybersecurity, transportation, and whistleblowers.
07/26/2012 - Companies can reduce the likelihood of harassment lawsuits stemming from romantic workplace relationships by preventing relationships between subordinates and managers and by having employees in romantic relationships sign Love Contracts.