Technologist - The FindLaw Legal Technology Blog

Recently in Mobile Phones / Smartphones Category

What Are Best Practices for Texting Clients?

Some things are better left unsaid, and that includes text messaging.

For lawyers, it goes without saying that they must protect client confidences. But when sending a text message, it's easy to breach confidentiality because the sender doesn't really know who will see it.

That's why there are some rules when it comes to lawyer-client texting. Here are some written ones:

Another Malicious App Found on Google Play

Security experts found another malicious app on Google Play.

The "clipper" malware was disguised as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, but it stole cryptocurrency from users who downloaded it. The app took their credentials and keys, and redirected cryptocurrency deposits to the cyberthieves.

If it sounds familiar, that's because cybercriminals have used Google Play before to spread malware. It's become a thing -- a bad thing.

Police Want to Stop Google's Waze

Waze has become the next-generation police scanner, and the cops definitely don't like it.

The Google app allows users to post locations of police checkpoints. The mobile app also forewarns drivers of speed traps and red light cameras.

New York City police have a big problem with it. They want Google to take it down or else. Like, they'll give Google a ticket?

In this brave new world of smartphones and search engines, turning up the heat in nasty divorces and custody disputes has never been easier.

However, unfortunately for one celebrity, his strategic (but vexing) legal tactic has landed him in a tangential legal battle against one of the many tech giants that loves a good legal fight that gives them a chance to show they'll be tough on user privacy. Uber has objected to the third-party subpoena for records served on them in the child-custody battle between Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis, but curiously, made no mention of user privacy to support their refusal.

The family of the victim of the country's first autonomous vehicle pedestrian fatality has filed a lawsuit against the City of Tempe, Arizona, where the accident occurred.

The case against Uber already settled. But now, the family is seeking $10 million in damages from the city because the road median where the victim entered the street from was paved in such a way to suggest people could use it to cross safely, when it was solely decorative, and definitely not safe. In fact, shortly after the incident, the median was re-landscaped to do away with the jaywalking-suggestive design.

Recently, the next big thing to come to blockchain has been unveiled, and it's a blockchain phone. Notably, there are a few different types of blockchain phones utilizing this revolutionary technology.

While one is being developed to serve as a new form of digital cold-storage crypto-wallet, another is focused on putting the power of blockchain front and center in every aspect. But whether or not lawyers will actually want to use these devices is a different question entirely. Below you can read about why your firm might want to actually invest in one.

FaceTime Bug Allegedly Allowed Secret Recording of Deposition and More

FaceTime multiplied its coolness, allowing more than one person to videochat at a time.

Unfortunately, it had a bug that multiplied problems for FaceTime users. In Texas, a lawyer sued Apple over the bug.

The lawsuit says FaceTime recorded a private deposition. If only that were all that FaceTime secretly recorded ...

According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, the "era of move fast and break things is over." And in case you have no idea what this means, that phrase "move fast and break things" is attributed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and is the mantra of "tech disruptors."

However, now that the public has had enough of tech startups breaking things and then blaming the lack of government infrastructure, tech startups need to make sure legal compliance is a top priority before it's even required. Startups cannot merely disrupt regulated industries by offering the same services without complying with the same regs the rest of the industry has to play by and expect to emerge unscathed.

Huawei Charged With Bank Fraud, Money Laundering

Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications manufacturer, has been charged with bank fraud, money laundering, and other federal violations.

In a press release, U.S. Justice Department and Homeland Security officials unveiled the charges against the company and its chief financial officer. CEO Wanzhou Meng was arrested last month in Canada, but has been free on bail.

At the time, it looked like a deal might be in the works. Now, not so much.

AT&T Gets It, Will Cut Off Location Sharing

It's not paranoia if people really are following you.

AT&T knows that, and will stop selling data-tracking information in March. That's the information that tells mobile-based services where you are, where you have been, and where you are going.

The cellular provider still needs to know for GPS and other reasons, but AT&T heard the complaints about third-parties following customers around. They didn't like it.