An informal and occasional selection of recent international eDisclosure / eDiscovery / GDPR / legal IT / data protection / information governance / interesting news / articles collated since 2011 by Jonathan Maas of The Maas Consulting Group in London. Simply pick and click from below.
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A simple guide to eDiscovery in the UK (LinkedIn: Phil Beckett [Alvarez & Marsal]) https://maas-bong.io/38Ldh8t
"eDiscovery, or eDisclosure as it is also widely known, is an essential phase of not just litigation, but also investigations, regulatory enquiries, compliance assessments and, increasingly, arbitrations. Data is the lifeblood of most modern-day organisations and, although not the only source of information relevant to an investigation, data can provide an unbiased, unaltered and accurate reflection of historic events, unlike other sources."
UPDATED: A resource guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (USA DoJ) https://maas-bong.io/2ZVFeGP
"A detailed compilation of information and analysis regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related enforcement."
UK firms may soon find it impossible to receive data legally from the EU (IT Pro: Dale Walker) https://maas-bong.io/30B7a1k
"Business holds its breath as the ECJ debates a landmark case on standard contractual clauses."
US visa suspension likely to boost demand for offshoring, captives (The Economic Times: Ayan Pramanik, Megha Mandavia, Anandi Chandrashekhar) https://maas-bong.io/2ObhEjT
"The US government decision to freeze immigration and suspend work visas till the end of this year to protect American jobs is expected to benefit the Indian offshoring industry with US clients and technology companies seen moving more work here."
VIDEO: Jamie Berry of Integreon on how Relativity supports large document reviews (eDisclosure Information Project: Chris Dale) https://maas-bong.io/3iQXYQf
"Jamie Berry has been in eDiscovery for a long time, and had so much to say that was interesting that I have split the interview into three parts. This is the first."
An examination of the redaction functionality of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2017 (Australian Signals Directorate) https://maas-bong.io/3ek2djU
"There have been numerous cases of security breaches resulting from a failure to redact sensitive or private information from documents effectively prior to their release into the public domain."
Connecting the dots: Considering eDiscovery from initiators to ecosystem (ComplexDiscovery: Rob Robinson) https://maas-bong.io/38JIoRX
"This non-comprehensive, graphical depiction may be helpful in considering and connecting the dots during planning, forecasting and sharing activities regarding the discipline of eDiscovery."
Will new partners have to keep grinding away? (LinkedIn: Joel Barolsky [University of Melbourne]) https://maas-bong.io/2Oc9OXh
"A decade’s worth of time records analysed by Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor shows that associates have around 10 more billable hours per month on average than partners in the same firm. However, in April and May 2020 - the first full months of the COVID-19 lockdown and remote working - this long-term trend reversed and partners recorded more billable hours than associates."
Beware of the perils of allowing self-collection (eDiscovery Assistant) https://maas-bong.io/2W7NQZI
"In words no lawyer ever wants to hear, the Court found that 'this issue of self-collection of discovery documents without adequate knowledge, supervision or participation by counsel, greatly troubles and concerns the Court'."
VIDEO: the eDiscovery Channel (YouTube) https://maas-bong.io/3iZ6eOu
"Tom O'Connor, Craig Ball and guest experts shine a light on eDiscovery case law, news and events."
A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts (please check the local times yourself)
10 Jul 1100 ET Adapting to the waves: Dealing with re-opening and re-closing (ILTA / Elevate / Hinshaw & Culbertson) https://maas-bong.io/2O9tzih (members only)
14 Jul 1300 ET Disruption as an enabler for change: Transforming eDiscovery in the cloud (ACEDS / Everlaw) https://maas-bong.io/2NsHorx
14 Jul 1500 BST Tech and the City: Low-code development platforms in law firms (ILTA / BCLP Cubed) https://maas-bong.io/2ZHYFCZ (members only)
14 Jul 1800 BST Remote eDiscovery in 2020 (EDRM / Nelson Mullins Encompass) https://maas-bong.io/3gEBgZU
14 Jul 1800 BST Collaboration platforms: How to reduce risk and accelerate eDiscovery (Global Relay) https://maas-bong.io/3iGSesB
15 Jul 1300 ET Seeing 20/20: Reasonable and proportionate discovery in 2020 (ACEDS / eDiscovery Today / Prism Litigation Technology / Actuate Law) https://maas-bong.io/3eCHybS
15 Jul 1400 CT COVID-19 employment litigation and eDiscovery challenges (ACEDS / EY / Warner Norcross + Judd / Littler Mendelson / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/3iKlkae
15 Jul 1500 PT Hot topics in eDiscovery (ACEDS / Driven / SDPA) https://maas-bong.io/2BR3DFm
15 Jul 1700 BST Handling non-traditional data sources in eDiscovery (Winston & Strawn / HaystackID) https://maas-bong.io/3iJpKyc
16 Jul 1200 BST Defensible data deletion: Avoid unnecessary risk (ACC Europe / Alvarez & Marsal / Veeva Systems / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2YO8wHZ
16 Jul 1400 EST The new normal for cartel and second requests (FTI / Milbank / Hunton Andrews Kurth) https://maas-bong.io/3ehSHO9
16 Jul 1800 BST Essentials to understanding and protecting privilege (KLDiscovery) https://maas-bong.io/3eQx3BU
16 Jul 2000 BST Ask the expert: Pattern matching for PII with dtSearch (Relativity) https://maas-bong.io/2O8sQOb
18 Jul 1030 PDT Identification and preservation fundamentals (ACEDS / XDD / SDPA) https://maas-bong.io/3fdT2Tx
21 Jul 1300 ET eDiscovery in an age of emerging tech: How to stay within regulations without sacrificing efficiency (ACEDS / Coinbase / Onna / Sullivan & Cromwell) https://maas-bong.io/2CgV72o
21 Jul 1800 BST Assessing your data maps in a newly distributed world (Dish Network / JPMorgan Chase / USAA / Redgrave) https://maas-bong.io/3208U8v
22 Jul 0200 BST Investigations using Nuix Analytics and artificial intelligence (Nuix) https://maas-bong.io/2DgRmdJ
22 Jul 1300 ET Essential elements of a preservation plan (ACEDS / Zapproved) https://maas-bong.io/2Yq5hqe
22 Jul 1400 BST Technology: The answer for the legal profession, post-pandemic - Or the biggest threat to its future? (Vaizey / Boyes Turner / Dentons / BT / Citi / Goodman / Panoram) https://maas-bong.io/3fiZDMj
22 Jul 1500 PDT Paralegal pivot to eDiscovery (ACEDS / Lorber Greenfield & Polito / Pullman & Comley) https://maas-bong.io/326jcE9
22 Jul 1500 BST Maximising marketing and thought leadership with apps (Fliplet / Meridian West) https://maas-bong.io/37GHJjV
22 Jul 1800 BST Important US eDiscovery case law decisions for July 2020 (EDRM / eDiscovery Today / Gulf Legal Technology Center) https://maas-bong.io/2ZPAdj7
23 Jul 1000 BST How to elevate your client relationships to trusted business partnerships (Briefing / Introhive) https://maas-bong.io/38AuuS3
23 Jul 1130 ET eDiscovery appetisers (ACEDS) https://maas-bong.io/31YWLAw
23 Jul 1300 EDT Email investigation best practices: What we’ve learned from recent FOIA releases (ACEDS / OpenText / Anger & Associates) https://maas-bong.io/38zM60p
23 Jul 1800 BST Practical, proportional privacy in discovery (EDRM / Sidley Austin) https://maas-bong.io/2Dr1wJ1
25 Jul 0900 PDT Collection through analysis (ACEDS / Archer Hall / ESI Analyst) https://maas-bong.io/31WltSd
27 Jul 1030 BST What have been the biggest lessons so far in shifting fully to remote working? (Briefing / Pinnacle) https://maas-bong.io/31sYWvQ
28 Jul 1300 ET A proposed TAR framework (ACEDS / Judge Francis / Redgrave / Kirkland & Ellis / eDiscovery CoCounsel) https://maas-bong.io/2MCPD3N
28 Jul 1800 BST When to use conditional coding (Nuix) https://maas-bong.io/38D8Z3c
29 Jul 1300 ET The evolving court requirements for eDiscovery defensibility in today’s big data age (ACEDS / Exterro / DLA Piper / Dentons) https://maas-bong.io/3et4fPH
29 Jul 1300 EST Gone viral: Social media in eDiscovery (XDD) https://maas-bong.io/3i42JWu
29 Jul 1800 BST Ethical consideration and use of AI to identify personal health information (EDRM / Nelson Mullins) https://maas-bong.io/3efc4Yr
30 Jul 1300 ET eDiscovery projects thrive in the new Project for Web (ACEDS / Microsoft) https://maas-bong.io/37EaXQp
04 Aug 1400BST The expanding scope of the eDiscovery professional (ACEDS / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2zJ8t6L
18 Aug 1800 BST New techniques for finding relevant data faster (EDRM / Verizon / EY / Epiq / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/38EyVLI
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