Attorneys General Raise Concern About Illegal Alcohol Sales Online

Social media and digital platforms have become interwoven into the fabric of our society. Consumers have become increasingly dependent on the broad access to goods for sale through these mediums. Unfortunately, the near unlimited access to goods has increasingly exposed consumers, including minors, to unlicensed sales of alcohol and counterfeit products. We are seeking your assistance to address some of the challenges to consumer protection associated with online marketplaces and to improve the legitimacy of these sales.

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NAAG Supports Amendment to the Communications Decency Act

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is endorsing an amendment to the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA). The amendment would ensure state and local authorities have the power to take action against criminals who are profiting from illegal online activity. The CDA was initially intended to protect minors from obscene and indecent material…

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State Attorneys General Join Federal Agencies in Tech Support Scam Sweep

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), with the support of the NAAG Consumer Protection Committee, has partnered with several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to crackdown on tech support scams. The sweep was announced during a press conference today at DOJ. Tech support…

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Ethics Corner: Prosecutors and PowerPoints

With courts embracing the use of modern technology during trials, prosecutors have turned to PowerPoints in closing arguments to summarize the evidence presented to the jury. The Ethics Corner summarizes cases where appellate courts found that prosecutors had committed professional misconduct in those presentations and gives practice points as to how prosecutors might use presentations ethically and effectively.

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AGs Request the Social Security Administration Implement New Database to Prevent Identity Theft

Washington, D.C. — In an effort to combat synthetic identity theft, NAAG sent a letter to the Social Security Administration (SSA) asking the acting commissioner to prioritize the implementation of a new database system that meets requirements in a law recently passed by Congress. “We ask you to evaluate and make necessary modifications to the Social…

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State AGs Demand Answers About Facebook User Privacy Policies and Practices

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter today to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg asking him to answer a series of questions about Facebook’s user privacy policies and practices following reports that at least 50 million Facebook personal profiles may have been misused. Reports allege that Facebook gave away…

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State AGs Endorse CLOUD Act

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is endorsing federal legislation known as the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. It would confirm law enforcement’s ability to obtain probable-caused based warrants to search an individual’s email or other online account when the information is stored on a server outside the United…

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The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Does it Mean for You?

In this issue, the Ethics Corner addresses the recently-amended ABA Model Rule 1.1 and what it now means to provide competent representation, "including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology."

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Ethics Corner: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Using Social Media

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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Ethics Corner – To Blog or Not to Blog

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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