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Warrantless governmental surveillance through the use of emerging technology has become a mainstay of governmental investigation by vania m. chaker, esq.
The United States government enjoys awesome technological capabilities; however, it is unclear whether they have been tempered by the countervailing protective judicial or legislative safeguards necessary to offset the greatly increased potential for improper government intrusiveness.Â
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Our copyright system here in the USA needs a major overhaul. I'm embarrassed by it.
On August 9, 2016, a New York Surrogateâ€™s Court entered an order requiring an attorney, who had drafted a decedentâ€™s Last Will & Testament which was now the subject of litigation, to produce his computer during discovery.
In Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc., (Mass., No. SJC-12237, Oct. 16, 2017) the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court addressed the issue of whether the personal representative of a decedentâ€™s estate was entitled to access their email account. Yahoo had refused to provide the personal representative with access to the account and the estate was subsequently forced to commence a declaratory judgment action to gain the access it sought. In reliance on the federal Stored Communications Act (SCA) , 18 U.S.C. Â§Â§ 2701 et seq., which prohibits unauthorized third parties from accessing communications stored by service providers, the matter was initially decided by the Probate and Family Court Judge by summary judgment. The personal representatives then appealed the ruling. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reviewed the issue, reversed the lower court ruling and found that the SCA did not prohibit the personal representatives, who stepped into the shoes of the decedent, from accessing the decedentâ€™s emails since the personal representatives consented to the disclosure on the decedent's behalf and granted them unrestricted account access.
This reference provides a short discussion of three terms in intellectual property that are often confused.