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GDPR: The New Driver for Good Information Governance

2017-05-26+0000| | Information Governance, In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm

Alverez & Marsal_Presentation.pngThis article was originally published by Alvarez & Marsal, and offers an informative look at the necessary coexistence of GDPR compliance and sound information governance.

“Information is the oil of the 21st century” and organizations are amassing and storing more than ever before. According to the Gartner group, data is growing 40-60 percent year-over-year. For enterprises to successfully manage this exponential growth of information, they must first understand what data they have across the enterprise and how it will affect their operations. Gaining that knowledge is the first step toward developing an information governance (IG) strategy that will extract more value from data and minimize the costs and risks associated with managing it.

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What Does e-Discovery Look Like to the Next Generation?

2017-05-26+0000| | Community

042717-TOKTWD-Feature-Image.pngIf you work in the US, you may have noticed a few new (smaller) faces on your commute this morning. No, you’re not in some Freaky Friday situation—today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a national holiday that lets kids experience first-hand a day in the life of a grownup.

Here at kCura, we’ve got rugrats roaming the halls and partaking in fun and educational activities (and very little software development, we promise). Unlike last year, though, we won’t interrupt them to learn what they think their mom or dad does all day.

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Why You Need to Create a Centralized Case Summary for Every e-Discovery Project

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Relativity Product Spotlight

042617-Fact-Manager---Centralized-Case-Summary.pngNo case is black and white. As data is investigated, the matter evolves—and so does your case strategy. Keeping track of facts, chronologies, and hot documents can get complicated fast.

Why not bring it all together?

Developing your written case summary as a Microsoft Word or Google document and keeping it up to date is counterproductive. It’s like shooting a movie while you’re writing the script. And it’s why we created Relativity Fact Manager.

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5 Bad e-Discovery Search Habits and How to Break Them

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

042517-Five-Bad-Search-Habits.pngNo one likes to start the day with a frantic email: a search won’t run or isn’t providing the expected results, and because you’re trying to complete a review project on a tight deadline, you have no choice but to fire off a panicked request for help to your litigation support team. But you don’t have to find yourself trapped in this position. A bit of better search hygiene can make all the difference.

There are many tools available to help you create accurate and healthy searches. Check out these most common searching snafus and their best methods of prevention to accelerate your review.

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Discovery Sanctions: US Supreme Court Limits ‘South Park’ Doctrine in Tire Fiasco

2017-05-26+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

042117-Goodyear-New-Case-Law.pngDuring the debates over the 2015 e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, one of the biggest points of contention was the change in the sanctions provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(e).

However, as we’ve discussed before, judges have methods other than Rule 37(e) to sanction bad behavior in discovery. In addition to tools such as Rule 37(b)(2), federal judges can sanction parties under their so-called “inherent authority.”

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Email Threading 101: An Introduction to an Essential e-Discovery Tool

2017-05-26+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_email-threading-101Originally published more than a year ago, this post is a helpful look at one of the easiest wins in all of e-discovery analytics. We've updated it to reflect the current capabilities of Relativity, and are republishing it to give you another look.

According to the Radicati Group, the average businessperson sends 36 emails per day. It may not sound like much, but if you do the math, it means a single employee creates nearly 10,000 emails per year (more if they work weekends).

With these numbers, it’s no wonder email is the dominant data form in e-discovery. Even in cases involving only a few custodians, you’re looking at a data set filled with thousands of emails, one for every time your custodian hits send.

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name: 6 Networking Groups for In-House Counsel

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification

041817-In-house-Atty-Networking-Groups.pngIn-house counsel is required to foresee possible disasters, provide guidance when the worst-case scenario occurs, and translate legal situations and implications for executives. On top of these responsibilities, in-house counsel is now expected to learn new technology and help manage their organization’s data. It’s a lot. 

With this unique set of challenges, it’s important to connect with others who are in the same boat. 

While there are countless legal professional organizations to connect lawyers with one another, there are limited options for seeking advice and knowledge from other in-house counsel. We’ve compiled a few networking groups and opportunities specifically for you. Each offering differs, so take a look to find out which groups are best for your needs.

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8 of Our Favorite Songs on the Soundtrack of e-Discovery

2017-05-26+0000| | Community

041317-ediscovery-soundtrack-feature-image.pngEvery professional has had a day (or two) of monotony, and there’s nothing quite as monotonous a long day spent reviewing custodian data: reading document after document, making the same privilege calls over and over, or QCing hundreds of images for proper redactions can feel like awfully slow work sometimes.

But we know that the people in e-discovery are both passionate and creative, and they know how to have a good time.

So, after bringing you a list of reading recommendations and documentaries for the e-discovery enthusiast, we thought we’d help you spice up your next review project with a killer playlist. Here are some of the tunes that speak to our team—and others in the Relativity community—as they continue to improve their work in this field.

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98 Percent of Employees Say Their Privacy Is Important to Them—But Is It? [Infographic]

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

041217-harris-poll-survey-feature-image.pngBetween Wikileaks, tech experts, and the Federal Trade Commission, we have no shortage of sources reminding us on an almost daily basis that the Information Age brings both invaluable new resources and technology, and a significant threat to personal privacy. Data is everywhere, and it’s accessible by more entities than ever—including employers.

To get to the heart of how employees understand data privacy and how their online behavior at work can impact it, kCura recently commissioned a survey conducted by Harris Poll among 1,013 US adults age 18 and older who were employed full-time or part-time, working in a traditional office setting for at least 50 percent of the time, and are not freelancers (referred to as “employees” throughout).

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4 Top-of-Mind Topics for UK e-Disclosure Experts

2017-05-26+0000| | International, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

041117-Top-of-Mind-Topics-in-UK.pngThe e-disclosure field is not for those adverse to change and uncertainty. It’s always been fast paced, but practitioners—especially those in the UK—are now facing a triad of changes in data privacy regulations, technology, and politics. While these types of changes are far from new to these professionals, there are higher stakes and more uncertainty with Brexit and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  

Ahead of Relativity Fest London, here are four topics on the minds of UK e-disclosure experts in our community as they keep up with this evolving landscape, as well as a few tips on how you can learn more about each subject. 

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