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.
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.
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.
Rarely 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.
July 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.
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?
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.
At 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 Lichtenstein—together 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).
Relativity 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.
Transnational 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.