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FBI Can Hack Your Computer, Court Rules

Imagine you drove your car into a bad part of town, parked on the side of the street, and walked away to go eat dinner. When you came back, you discovered that thieves broke your car's windows and stole your backpack and mobile device hidden in the trunk. How would you react if you found out later that it wasn't ordinary street criminals who broke into your car, but the Feds?

Last week's ruling by a Virginia federal district court brings this almost ridiculous sounding hypothetical closer to reality in today's increasingly Orwellian world. Below, we briefly look at potentially one of the most significant federal district court rulings in recent history, US v. Matish III.

Will Biometrics Solve Security Issues for Law Firms?

Law firms and other professional communities are becoming increasingly open to using biometrics for security purposes. There are obvious advantages to biometrics. If you're like most people, you are tasked with remembering a dozen or so passwords just to access your usual online accounts. There is proprietary software out there that can synchronize your accounts, but there is still some hassle involved.

Recently, a fair number of banks have implemented biometric technology to safeguard customer accounts. Will this be the long sought-after security panacea for law firms? Possibly, but we're still skeptical.

It sounds dirty, but everyone does it. Googling yourself, or "performing a vanity search" as they say in polite company, is incredibly common. It's a rudimentary way to see what your internet footprint looks like, and to discover what kind of information Google has on you.

Now, Google has finally given Googling yourself the attention it deserves. The search engine is adding a host of new features that make vanity searches much more helpful, to busy legal professionals and everyone else. You'll be able to easily find information on your Google accounts when you Google yourself, including security and privacy information. And you can even use Google to find your lost phone.

On the internet, all content is equal. At least, that's the goal behind the Federal Communications Commission's Net Neutrality rules. Propagated last year, Net Neutrality bans three main practices: blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. But in order to put those rules into place, the FCC first had to classify broadband internet as a utility.

This morning, the D.C. Circuit upheld that classification, finding that the FCC could treat high-speed internet providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The decision, issued in a sprawling 184-page ruling, is a major win for the FCC and advocates of Net Neutrality, and could dramatically change how the government approaches internet services.

Flamethrower Drone Draws Government Ire. Can the FAA Regulate?

When Connecticut student Austin Haughwout attached a semiautomatic pistol to his drone and showcased his proof-of-concept on YouTube, he must have known that government would start raising eyebrows. It looks like the legal issue this has instigated will end up in court soon enough.

We all would love the privilege of roasting our next Thanksgiving bird via flying-flamethrower, but we genuinely feel that Austin has poked the dragon in the eye on this one.

This weekend, it was revealed that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook and tech titan, had one of the worst passwords ever. It was "dadada." And he used it across multiple sites. If the Zuck can't be bothered to make even a half decent password, can lawyers?

Yes! In fact, basic password security isn't even that hard. And you can have unique, hard-to-crack passwords without drowning in password glut. To help you out, here's some of our top password security advice, from the FindLaw archives.

Two years ago, the European Court of Justice embraced the "right to be forgotten," establishing new, tougher privacy protections for EU citizens. The major impact of that right, so far, has been the elimination of unwanted results from Google and other search results.

But the right to be forgotten isn't exactly absolute, researchers at New York University have found. With just a few clicks, Europe's privacy rules can be easily elided. And that could mean new legal woes for American tech companies.

In March, Hulk Hogan won an invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker, a pioneering Internet gossip website. The litigation came after Gawker published a sex tape featuring the professional wrestler. Faced with a $140 million judgement, Gawker may have to shut down if it cannot win its case on appeal.

But Hogan wasn't the only winner in the litigation. Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and conservative tech entrepreneur also came out on top. Thiel, it was revealed last week, had secretly funded Hogan's lawsuit at the cost of $10 million -- as revenge for being outed by Gawker's Silicon Valley-focused blog, Valleywag.

Google's Paris Office Raided as Part of Tax Evasion Investigation

According to Reuters, French police arrived at Google Paris offices Tuesday and raided the location as part of an ongoing investigation into whether or not the Internet company is dodging taxes. The probe, opened last June, is part of an anti-corporation sentiment that started when the public became increasingly aware of multi-nationals taking advantage of tax avoidance schemes across the globe.

Google has maintained that it is compliant with French law.

Back in 2012, LinkedIn was hacked and 6.5 million passwords were reportedly leaked. Now it looks like a few more accounts were also compromised -- almost 167 million. And the consequences of that hack are still playing out four years later.

Last week, LinkedIn announced that more than 100 million passwords and matching emails may have been leaked online. If you have a LinkedIn account, here's what you should know, and how you can protect yourself.