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Dispelling the Myths that Prevent Legal Innovation in Hong Kong

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm, Litigation Support

051917-hong-kong-innovation.pngThis article originally appeared in Legal IT Insider.

What is it like to litigate in Hong Kong?

At the recent Global Pound Conference in Hong Kong, attendees were asked about how to improve the dispute resolution process for all parties. Data generated from a live, technology-enabled poll of the audience led to a thought-provoking discussion on the priorities and limitations to innovating the dispute resolution process—specifically in Hong Kong.

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The Best of Relativity Fest London: Our Favorite Quotes about e-Disclosure, Brexit, and More

2017-07-27+0000| | International, Community

050817-Fest-London-Quote-Roll-up.pngWith our London event growing to become the largest e-disclosure conference in the UK, as well as undergoing a transformation into Relativity Fest London this year, we thought it was time to roll it into our bigger e-discovery conference tradition: sharing our favorite quotes from the speakers (and live-tweeters) after the event.

Read through the notable highlights below, and let us know what stood out to you in the comments or @RelativityFest on Twitter.

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GDPR: The New Driver for Good Information Governance

2017-07-27+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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4 Top-of-Mind Topics for UK e-Disclosure Experts

2017-07-27+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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TAR Around the World: Next Stop, Australia

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Legal Update, International, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_UK-approves-TAR-sansgavel-1.pngThere is little doubt that technology-assisted review (TAR) has made itself known throughout the world. With case law in the United States and Europe marking its defensibility, and headlines plastering industry media sources on a still-regular basis, there’s simply no way to avoid it. TAR is here to stay.

What’s more encouraging than continued success in these established regions, though, is the technology’s emerging success in other parts of the world. In the last few months, Australia has added its name to the roster of TAR-friendly nations. This week, a formal Practice Note issued by an Australian federal court further validates the technology’s use by case teams who are seeking smarter ways to tackle massive data sets.

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e-Discovery in the Brexit Era: What Happens Now?

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm

120116-brexit.png“How horrifying to wake up that morning and find we planned to eject ourselves from the EU.” – Chris Dale, the eDisclosure Information Project

At Relativity Fest and on his own blog, Chris Dale has made no secret of his surprise at the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union this past summer. The decision will undoubtedly have lasting effects on the politics of Europe, the legalities of international business, and the nature of cross-border e-discovery.

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3 Tips for Navigating the World of Foreign Language Data

2017-07-27+0000| | Review & Production, International, Litigation Support

Feature_Image_-_Foreign_Language_Projects_Blog.pngRarely does a review project shape up exactly the way we predict. Litigation support teams need agility and flexibility to be prepared for everything e-discovery can and will throw their way.

Growing data volumes are an obvious contributor to this reality, but so is today’s international landscape. Globalization means more foreign language documents are finding their way into company data stores, and that results in added complications during e-discovery for both litigation and investigations.

If you’re starting to see that foreign language data is becoming a bigger part of everyday e-discovery, here’s how to get ahead of the complexity.

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Microsoft v. United States and the Privacy Shield: How Did We Get Here?

2017-07-27+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Feature_Image_-_Privacy_Shield_and_Microsoft_Blog.pngJuly has been a big month for the law of international data transfers, with two long-running legal sagas coming to a conclusion—at least for the moment.

On July 12, the EU and the US announced the adoption of the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, and on July 14, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a district court and held in favor of Microsoft in Microsoft v. United States, known commonly as the Microsoft Dublin warrant case.

In examining how these events evolved, the biggest takeaway is that, for now, the US technology industry and the economies of the US and the EU have avoided a potential crisis.

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Tackling Multi-national Litigation and Regulation: Lessons from APAC

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, International, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_tackling-multi-national-litigation-regulation.pngIn a recent study, the International Data Corporation (IDC) found the worldwide e-discovery services and software market surpassed $10 billion in 2015. The IDC forecasts that the industry will only grow from here, and by 2019, we’ll be looking at a $14.7 billion market. 

We’ve seen this growth firsthand and, in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), it’s particularly fast. In fact, the number of APAC Relativity users has grown by 225 percent in the past year.

What’s behind the massive growth in this region? And more importantly, what does it mean for businesses across the world?

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Employers Get a Data Privacy Win at the European Court of Human Rights

2017-07-27+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_employers-get-data-privacy-win.pngThis post originally appeared in Corporate Counsel on February 3, 2015. 

One of the biggest challenges for U.S. employers, investigators, and e-discovery practitioners in cross-border litigation involving European companies or citizens has been obtaining digital data about European individuals. The privacy rights European citizens have—under both EU and member state law—are significant.

However, things may have just become a little easier for data-seeking employers or investigators in the European Union.

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