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

2017-04-25+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

2017-04-25+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?

2017-04-25+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

2017-04-25+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?

2017-04-25+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

2017-04-25+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

2017-04-25+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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What Everyone Should Know About Bringing European Data to the U.S.

2017-04-25+0000| | Collection, In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm

blog_european-data-to-USAt this year’s Relativity Fest, in the session “Collecting and Reviewing European Documents in U.S. Litigation,” I discussed how and why the European Data Protection Directive (the Directive) protects “personal” data in the European Union member states plus Iceland, Norway, and Lichtensteintogether known as the European Economic Area (EEA).

The Directive is, in effect, an instruction to each country to pass its own law—each country implements the terms of the Directive independently (and can, if it wishes, choose to include additional, more stringent, provisions).

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From the Horse’s Mouth: First-hand Perspectives on Collaborating in e-Discovery

2017-04-25+0000| | In-house Counsel, International, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

fest_feature-img_day_2_recapRelativity Fest is all about connecting with other professionals to exchange ideas. To add to the collaboration, we brought in 55 external speakers to share their ideas and industry expertise.

Yesterday’s sessions were filled with lessons and advice on collaborating to reach the best outcome for your organization. With popular topics including international e-discovery, cybersecurity, and the legal media, there were many discussions on how to join forces to reach your goals.

Here are some lessons from day two of Relativity Fest.

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Before You Take e-Discovery Across Borders, Have You Considered This?

2017-04-25+0000| | International, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_ediscovery-privacy-across-bordersTransnational e-discovery is fast becoming a common challenge for businesses. Conflicting data privacy and protection laws—particularly between the United States and the European Union—top the list of biggest hurdles. This makes it more important than ever for companies that do business abroad to understand how to successfully navigate the competing currents of international notions of data privacy and protection with U.S. notions of discovery.

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