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Law Offices of Salar Atrizadeh

Salar Atrizadeh Joined Larry King on PoliticKING

In May 2015, Salar Atrizadeh, Esq. sat down with Larry King for an interview discussing online privacy, cybersecurity, and regulation. Mr. King asked questions about privacy rights of individuals and corporations, and whether there have been recent cases in state, federal, or international courts.

Why is privacy such a complex issue?

Mr. King and Mr. Atrizadeh discussed privacy and its importance in the cyber world. The rules and guidelines are not uniform because privacy deals with private, public, and governmental agencies (e.g., United States Congress, European Commission). For example, the European Union is far stricter about privacy rules and guidelines. This can be seen in the Right to be Forgotten, which enables European citizens to request Google to remove inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive information about them. In the United States, this is usually not an option, as citizens cannot request information about them to be removed. The issue of privacy in the United States can be traced back to the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. At the time of constitutional construction, the Founding Fathers could not have thought of protecting against cybersecurity threats, but the principles remain the same. In many fields, privacy laws have come into fruition. For example, in the healthcare industry HIPAA is applicable. In addition, the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act is applicable to financial institutions that hold confidential information.

What is Mr. Atrizadeh’s input on issues in his specialty?

Mr. King inquired about how to address privacy issues and how specialization in the field came about for Mr. Atrizadeh. After working in the information technology sector for several years before entering the legal industry, Mr. Atrizadeh has become a pioneer in the internet, cyberspace, and technology practice areas.

During his interview, Mr. Atrizadeh advocated the use of a dedicated computer for online banking, as well as using encryption, and ensuring that a website’s address (i.e., URL) begins with “https,” which substantiates using secure sockets layer. These steps can be taken in order to prevent infiltration or minimize exposure of confidential information while using cloud computing technologies.

To conclude the interview, Mr. Atrizadeh discussed revenge porn and its application as an example of the need for uniform laws. In fact, posting compromising photos of an ex-partner on a third-party server without consent has led individuals to seek legal counsel. At this time, only sixteen states have passed laws against revenge porn. While it is a felony in New Jersey, it is merely a misdemeanor in California, meaning there needs to be uniform laws. Legislators must take action and educate the public by incorporating privacy into constitutional law matters. For this reason, Mr. Atrizadeh answered in the affirmative when asked if he thinks that online privacy should be discussed during the upcoming presidential debates.

For more information, you should consult with an attorney. At our law firm, we assist clients regarding online privacy, cybersecurity, and regulation in order to avoid legal complications

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