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In these digital times, there's very little doubt that attorneys have a duty to keep confidential client digital data as safe as any other.

However, as tech advances, so do the hackers and ne'er-do-wellers. And while lawyers and professionals may not be able to keep up in the cat and mouse hacking game, that shouldn't ever prevent one from doing the right thing and telling the client that their data has been breached. At least, that's what the most recent ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility opined.

Amazon Poached eBay Sellers?

Poaching was not always bad.

In the 1700s, food was so scare in some countries that many people poached just to survive. Poachers were practically a protected class because they also fed the poor.

Times change. Now eBay is suing Amazon for poaching its top sellers, but nobody in this story is poor.

Say Goodbye to Google+

The Google-backed social network that seemed to flop from the beginning, Google+, has finally decided to just pack it up. There are a handful of people mourning, but they'll at least have a few months to mourn together+.

Unfortunately, the announcement of the platform's demise was made all the worse due to a data breach exposing the data of 500,000 Google+ users. As noted in the reports, the platform was a complete and utter failure on the consumer-side, but the enterprise and business utilizations aren't likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

If you've set up some web connected tech in the last decade that requires password protection, there's a good chance you've seen some pretty basic username password combinations (i.e. admin/admin) straight from the manufacturer and thought to yourself, "this must be like taking candy from a baby, for hackers." Because it is.

Some people are notoriously oblivious to the need to change factory set passwords, or that these even exist. However, a new law in California seeks to change that by requiring manufacturers that sell internet connected devices that should be password protected to ensure the devices come pre-coded with unique passwords that hackers cannot easily guess.

A recently denied sealed motion for contempt in a federal criminal case might be clueing criminals into the most secure communication channel available on the market today: Facebook Messenger voice calls. Forget those burner phones that Jimmy McGill sold you on.

Apparently, the FBI recently filed a motion seeking to force Facebook to hack their own platform so that the FBI could wiretap voice calls made over Facebook Messenger because, apparently, the FBI can't. Shockingly, the court told the FBI no, and didn't sanction the social media giant. But that didn't stop the FBI from making arrests.

Online privacy is a big deal. And in several countries across the globe, access to the internet is highly restricted by the government.

But Google, not satisfied with leading online industries, now seems to be disrupting government online censorship. One of the newest features for the Android operating system, dubbed Pie, is an app called Intra that will be integrated into the software. Intra is basically end-to-end encryption for DNS requests designed to get around and bypass government censorship such as blocking of certain websites.

The city of Oakland is taking the lead when it comes to how it implements new technology in policing. Since 2014, the city has had a Privacy Advisory Commission which serves to evaluate and review the privacy implications of various police surveillance technology.

The commission was recently highlighted by Ars Technica, and held out as the standard that every city should strive to meet. In short, the Oakland Police are required to get clearance from the Privacy Advisory Commission before utilizing new technologies.

Battle of the Matchmaker Apps

For those in the dating world, the decision to use a particular dating app likely has less to do with litigation than how the app actually works, or more importantly, whether it works at all.

However, for the makers of the online matchmaking apps, the litigation matters, and it's personal. Earlier this year, Match.com (the Goliath of the dating world) filed a lawsuit against Bumble, the latest rising star in the dating app scene (and the David in this matchup). And this metaphor seems more than apt, as Bumble recently fired back with a lawsuit of its own against Match.

Maybe It's Time to Delete Your Law Firm's Facebook Account

When Facebook said a data breach affected 50 million people, it's not like it was the end of the world.

The social media platform has more than one billion active accounts, so what's that, like five percent? No worries, right?

Wrong. If your law firm has a Facebook account, you now have an ethical issue.

The Cyberwars Have Just Begun, or Have They?

The White House has "authorized offensive cyber operations" against U.S. enemies in a new policy that sounds like a declaration of war in a virtual world.

National security adviser John Bolton made the statement in a news briefing to unveil a cyber strategy ahead of the November elections. The United States knows what happened in the presidential race two years ago.

As with so many military operations, the U.S. announced its plan in advance -- as if the cyberwar had just begun.