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Taking e-Discovery to the Cloud Is the Smart Security Solution

2017-08-18+0000| | IT & Infrastructure, In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Taking e-Discovery to the Cloud Is the Smart Security SolutionThis post was originally published by Law Journal Newsletters. We thought it provided useful insights about e-discovery security in the cloud.

A common discussion point these days involves the cloud as the end-all, be-all solution for hosting data or running applications. It certainly offers a lot of conveniences. You can easily find excellent file sharing, long-term storage, and subscription-based services. Plus, many of your favorite retail options—from bookstores to shoe shops to quick deliveries of your favorite meal—are based in the cloud.

Now for a really wild thought: why not make the cloud a key component of your legal practice? For e-discovery experts, with their massive data workflows, it’s a daunting possibility.

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8 Questions with In-House Powerhouse Ben Robbins of LinkedIn

2017-08-18+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community

8 Questions with In-House Powerhouse Ben Robbins of LinkedInLinkedIn employs more than 10,000—countless more if you broaden the meaning of “employ” to connecting professionals everywhere with career-changing opportunities.

One of those 10,000+ is responsible for almost everything e-discovery at the organization, as well as the technical aspects of managing and securing data on the rest. It’s Ben Robbins, senior program manager of eDiscovery, Forensics, & Information Governance.

As you can tell from his job title, there’s a lot on Ben’s plate. The technology he uses to manage it all includes Relativity, so we have the privilege of enabling his efforts and connecting here on the blog. We recently stole his attention away from the workspace for a bit to talk about his career path, the Silicon Valley ethos of information management, and his perspective on in-house e-discovery work.  

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Social Media e-Discovery: What You Need to Know Before You Preserve

2017-08-18+0000| | Legal Hold, Law Firm

Social Media e-DiscoverySocial media has changed considerably over the past several years. Newer forms of media—from messaging applications to digital assistants—are raising a number of ethical and practical issues that counsel must address in litigation. One of the primary issues on this front is ensuring that relevant social media content is properly preserved.

The dynamic nature of social media—particularly messaging application content—can present a discovery quagmire even for experienced practitioners. Understanding the parameters of legal and ethical rules, together with practical solutions on the issues, can help counsel better advise clients on how to properly preserve social media for discovery purposes.

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A Look Back at Past ILTACONs: Using Relativity to Visualize 5 Years of Trends

2017-08-18+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Education & Certification, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

A Look Back at Past ILTACONs: Using Relativity to Visualize 5 Years of TrendsWhile smaller than events like Comic-Con or Dragon Con, ILTACON can inspire similar levels of enthusiasm among attendees. However, instead of discussing Game of Thrones or Dungeons and Dragons, ILTACON revolves around topics such as forensically sound collections and technology-assisted review. And just as every Comic-Con buzzes with a new hot TV show or character, every year at ILTACON delivers a new hot topic.

As we prepared for ILTACON 2017, we wanted to take a look back in time to see how the legal technology conversation has transformed over the past several years. So, we ran a simple experiment: What would we find if we put the available session materials from past ILTACONs, dating back to 2012, into Relativity?

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IoT Data: Objective, Consistent, and Pervasive

2017-08-18+0000| | In-house Counsel, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

IoT Data: Objective, Consistent, and PervasiveThis article originally appeared in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Your phone records who you call and text, what websites you visit, and when you are active or asleep. Your fitness tracker records your heart rate and pace. Your GPS records your location, direction, and speed. All of this is Internet of Things (IoT) data and has three critical characteristics:

It’s objective, it’s consistent, and it’s pervasive.

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Secret e-Discovery: 9th Circuit Rejects First Amendment Challenge to National Security Letters

2017-08-18+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Secret e-Discovery: 9th Circuit Rejects First Amendment National Security Letters

In traditional e-discovery, you usually know when you’ve been served, and you know who is going after your data. 

But it doesn’t always work that way—especially when the US government is involved and the data demands involve alleged threats to national security. 

National Security Letters—administrative subpoenas issued by the federal government to wire and electronic communication service providers seeking user information—have many detractors. One of their most controversial aspects is a provision in federal law allowing the government to prohibit service providers from disclosing to users that their data has been sent to the government. 

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Experts Weigh In on Asian e-Discovery Markets, Part 2: What’s Driving Change?

2017-08-18+0000| | In-house Counsel, International

Experts Weigh In on Asian e-Discovery Markets, Part 2: What's Driving Change?Excerpts from this post were originally published by Legaltech News. With more insights than could fit in one article, the full interview is republished here in two parts. Read part one for the similarities and differences in e-discovery needs among Asia’s major states.

Today we conclude the analysis of e-discovery in Asia with Tom Groom, Jared Nelson, James O’Donoghue, and Abigail Cooke. Here, the questions turn to the circumstantial and technological drivers of change in the region.

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Experts Weigh In on Asian e-Discovery Markets, Part 1: The Lay of the Land

2017-08-18+0000| | In-house Counsel, International

Experts Weigh In on Asian e-Discovery MarketsExcerpts from this interview were originally published by Legaltech News. With more insights than could fit in one article, the full interview is republished here in two parts.

Both the world’s biggest economies after the United States, China and Japan, have not traditionally been big players in the e-discovery market. But with an increasingly global economy, the advent of national cybersecurity and data localization laws, and growing international M&A activity, these two economic titans are steadily growing their e-discovery operations and expertise.

To understand what is driving this trend and how e-discovery is unique to each country, ALM spoke with legal professionals with e-discovery experience in the Far East.

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How to Build an e-Discovery Practice at Your Law Firm: 7 Steps to Start Your Proposal

2017-08-18+0000| | Law Firm, Litigation Support

How to Build an e-Discovery Practice at Your Law FirmWith the growing amount of data and increasing complexity in litigation, law firms are changing the way they handle e-discovery. Many are building or expanding e-discovery practices within their firms, with this shift often driven by members of the litigation support team. After all, these are the people who see the day-to-day challenges.

These litigation support pros have the e-discovery knowledge to find and implement a solution, but many hit a wall when determining where to start, deciding what information to collect for a proposal, or attempting to get the firm’s partners on board.

To build a thriving e-discovery arm, you’ll need a plan tailored to your firm’s needs and goals. To help you get started, we’ve compiled seven tips to prepare for your meeting with the partners.

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e-Discovery Trumps Privacy at California Supreme Court

2017-08-18+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

e-Discovery Trumps Privacy at California Supreme Courte-Discovery, by its very nature, is a challenge to data privacy. The discovery process unearths formerly private communications of many types. Although employees should realize in 2017 America, employers can—and do—read employee email, they continue to conduct personal business on company devices.  

That data could end up in an e-discovery production. 

With broad US e-discovery exposing communications many thought were private, data privacy is a serious concern for the e-discovery practitioner, and in a recent California Supreme Court case, the Golden State’s high court reversed trial and appellate courts and held class action plaintiffs could get personal information in discovery—despite data privacy concerns. Williams v. Superior Court, No. 227228 (Cal. July 13, 2017). 

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