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Why You Shouldn't Use Private Email for Work -- Especially Government Work

If Hillary Clinton's email problem wasn't enough, Ivanka Trump's should be enough to remind us all not to use our private email at work.

Of course, their problem was using private email for government work, which is way worse. We'll talk about that in a minute.

But let's start with the fundamentals: so-called private email isn't private at all. It's not the hackers you have to worry about; it's your employers.

Report: Homeland Security Not Deleting Phone Data

Question: Who in the world would want to go back through security?

Answer: Everyone who had their electronic devices scanned at the border.

Why? Because the Department of Homeland Security apparently hangs on to your electronic data, and you may want them to delete those embarrassing photos.

Huawei CFO Out on Bail, Deal in the Works?

Caught in the cross hairs of US-China relations, Huawei's chief financial officer bailed out of jail this week.

Meng Wanzhou had been in custody for 10 days after her arrest on fraud charges. She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Bail cost $7.5 million, which is not much for China's telecommunications giant. The stakes in the international market are much higher.

Welcome to Future City -- One Giant Data Collection Center

Smart homes are yesterday; smart cities are the future.

Actually, many cities have been semi-smart for a while. Those stupid traffic cameras are an example.

But one Canadian city is planning to be genius-smart. In Toronto, the future is a sensor-filled city. But is that a good thing?

Even if you're a die-hard Googler, and use all of Google's services, you may want to consider deleting that Google+ profile before the company retires the service in April 2019.

If that date sounds different than what was previously announced, that's because it is. Last October, Google announced that the Google+ service was afflicted with a bug that left user data exposed. At that time, it explained that the service, which was suffering due to no one using it, would be officially closed down in August 2019. Unfortunately, this week, another bug was announced (and reported as fixed). Apparently this bug exposed private data for over 50 million Google+ profiles.

California's New Law for the Internet of Things

It's official: robots have taken over the world.

According to reports, there are about seven billion internet-enabled devices on the planet -- and that doesn't include the robots that aren't on the internet. The number is expected to reach 21.5 billion by 2025.

What does it all mean, other than you can easily find them on sale for Christmas? In California, it means lawmakers want more security.

Did you know that there is now a National App Day? No, it's not a real holiday, or even one of those "bank holidays." Yes, it's a marketing gimmick created by some company that wants to market their own apps, and Nationaldaycalendar.com, you know that website that tells you what "National fill-in-the-blank Day" it is. Notably, it's only on year number two.

And in order to properly honor these companies' bold proclamation of December 11 as National App Day, below you can find five types of apps, with no specific app suggestions, that lawyers should probably all be using.

The world we live in is getting more and more digital every day. From self-driving cars to virtually virtual everything, it's still shocking to learn that even people are starting to go digital, literally.

Seemingly overnight (or over the past few years, whatever) celebrities have been made into actual holograms, and even more surprisingly, a full body scan isn't even necessary, as Tu-Pac's hologram performed at Coachella way back in 2012 (though the tech has come a long way since and full body scans make so much more possible). People aren't actually being replaced, but rather, preserved, digitally.

Marriott Hacked, 500 Million Customers' Data Exposed

When Marriott acquired Starwood hotels two years ago, the company didn't realize it was also buying a massive security breach.

The breach -- compromising information about 500 million customers -- is reportedly one of the largest in history. It is not close to the Yahoo breach of some three billion user accounts.

According to reports, however, the Marriott breach involves more than email information. It apparently includes credit card, passport, and other personal details that hackers use for identity theft.

Emailgate -- Here We Go Again!

FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.

Long before votes were cast for the 2016 Presidential election, this blogger discussed how Hillary Clinton's government-related emails that were sent and received on private servers could become a thorn in her political side.

Why?

Because government records must be maintained as government records so, among other reasons, they can be open and available to public review. Indeed, laws like the Freedom of Information Act maintain that to have a vital and truly functioning democracy, those who govern must be accountable to the governed; the workings of government must be transparent pursuant to "sunshine" laws. Sunshine is the best disinfectant when it comes to government affairs.