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Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for September 2020

From cloud forensics and cyber defense to social media and surveys, the September 2020 edition of the Five Great Reads on eDiscovery newsletter provides a selection of recent research, reports, and articles to update and inform legal, business, and information technology professionals in the eDiscovery ecosystem.

Time for a Change? FTC Proposes Changes to HSR Act Premerger Notification Rules

The Federal Trade Commission, with the support of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, recently proposed changes to the rules governing merger notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). The revisions would require investment funds to report additional information and would exempt certain minority acquisitions from the reporting requirements, including acquisitions of 10% or less of an issuer’s voting securities by activist investors.

An eDiscovery Holiday Season Down Under? Macquarie Prepares Nuix for IPO

According to John Beveridge, writing for Small Caps, Macquarie holds a massive 65% of Nuix on its own balance sheet and looks set to make a massive profit compared to its original cost for the stake. Those who have attended investor roadshows for the float which were led by Nuix chief executive Rod Vawdrey, said the company has revenue for the year ending on June 30 above $176 million.

Collaborative Cyber Defense: The U.S. Army and Estonia Sign Historic Agreement

“Estonia is a cyber country of excellence with a robust cyber defensive system in terms of technology and people. Given their deep expertise, I believe they will have substantial lessons to share, which will be enormously helpful in finding efficiencies in our science and technology efforts while understanding how best to defend against cyber warfare,” said Robert Kimball, the C5ISR Center’s senior research scientist for cyber security. Kimball also noted Estonia is home to the NATO Cyber Defense Center and Cyber Range.

Festive or Restive? The Fall 2020 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey

Since January 2016, 2,189 individual responses to nineteen quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence surveys have been received from legal, business, and technology professionals across the eDiscovery ecosystem. This fall 2020 survey will provide important insight into the business confidence level of individuals working in the field of eDiscovery.

Blue-Sueded? Considerations for Decision Making

While an understanding of decisions from definitions and elements to cornerstones and classifications is important, ultimately, for any decision to be optimally implemented, it is important to give those who have decision making accountability and responsibility the authority and control to make decisions.

Socially Acceptable? EDBP Guidelines on the Targeting of Social Media Users

According to the recently published EDPB guidelines on the targeting of social media users, the term “targeter” is used to designate natural or legal persons that use social media services in order to direct specific messages at a set of social media users on the basis of specific parameters or criteria. What sets targeters apart from other social media users is that they select their messages and/or their intended audience according to the perceived characteristics, interests, or preferences of the individuals concerned, a practice which is sometimes also referred to as “micro-targeting.” Targeters can engage in targeting to advance commercial, political, or other interests.

[Legal Education Webcast] The Dynamics of Antitrust Agency Investigations: A Second Request Update

HSR Act-driven Second Request responses require an uncommon balance of understanding, expertise, and experience to successfully deliver certified compliant responses. Recent FTC and DOJ updates, coupled with the increasing velocity of requests, make current expertise more crucial than ever in this unique discovery area. In this presentation, expert investigation, eDiscovery, and M&A panelists will present updates and considerations for managing Second Request responses to include tactics, techniques, and lessons learned from fourteen recent responses.

What is Kratt? A Vision and Concept for Artificial Intelligence in Estonia

Published originally on Independence Day in Estonia, the vision and concept paper “#KrattAI: The Next Stage of Digital Public Services in #eEstonia” highlights one country’s practical vision for how public services should digitally work in the age of artificial intelligence. Released by the Republic of Estonia GCIO Office and authored by the Government CIO, CDO, and CTO, the paper presents commentary and considerations for the problems, business challenges, and technological challenges involved integrating AI into public services. The vision and concepts shared may be useful for data discovery and legal discovery professionals as they consider plans, projects, and programs relating to the practical application of AI in their infrastructures and offerings.

A (Brand) New Approach? Considering the Framework and Structure of eDiscovery Offerings

Today’s eDiscovery providers may benefit from the lessons learned in the creation of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album by creating a concept for branding and packaging their offerings within that brand in a connected, theme-based way that represents the offerings’ promise and capability in a way that is easy to understand and remember. 

From Proactive Detection to Data Breach Reviews: Sensitive Data Discovery and Extraction with Ascema

A steady rise in the number of sensitive data discovery requirements...

Resetting the Baseline? eDiscovery Market Size Adjustments for 2020

An unanticipated pandemeconomic-driven retraction in eDiscovery spending during 2020 has resulted...

New from NIST: Integrating Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

NIST has released NISTIR 8286, Integrating Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management...

A Cloudy Alliance? A Next-Generation Cloud for Europe

According to Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, "Europe needs...

A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry...

The eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide – 2020 Edition (Andrew Haslam)

Authored by industry expert Andrew Haslam, the eDisclosure Buyers Guide continues...

The Race to the Starting Line? Recent Secure Remote Review Announcements

Not all secure remote review offerings are equal as the apparent...

Enabling Remote eDiscovery? A Snapshot of DaaS

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) providers are becoming important contributors to...

Resetting the Baseline? eDiscovery Market Size Adjustments for 2020

An unanticipated pandemeconomic-driven retraction in eDiscovery spending during 2020 has resulted...

Home or Away? New eDiscovery Collection Market Sizing and Pricing Considerations

One of the key home (onsite) or away (remote) decisions that...

Revisions and Decisions? New Considerations for eDiscovery Secure Remote Reviews

One of the key revision and decision areas that business, legal,...

A Macro Look at Past and Projected eDiscovery Market Size from 2012 to 2024

From a macro look at past estimations of eDiscovery market size...

A Season of Change? Eighteen Observations on eDiscovery Business Confidence in the Fall of 2020

In the fall of 2020, 77.2% of eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey...

The Continuing Case of Budgetary Constraints in the Business of eDiscovery

In the fall of 2020, 49.4% of respondents viewed budgetary constraints...

Outstanding Accounts? eDiscovery Operational Metrics in the Fall of 2020

In the fall of 2020, eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey more...

Holding the Rudder? Fall 2020 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results

This is the twentieth quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey conducted by...

DISCO Raises $60 Million

According to the media release, DISCO will use this investment to...

Rampiva and the RYABI Group Merge

According to today's announcement, the RYABI Group merger is Rampiva's first...

eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q3 2020

From HaystackID and NightOwl Global to Reveal Data and NexLP, the...

Mitratech Acquires Acuity ELM

According to Mike Williams, CEO of Mitratech, “We came to the...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for October 2020

From business confidence and captive ALSPs to digital republics and mass...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for September 2020

From cloud forensics and cyber defense to social media and surveys,...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for August 2020

From predictive coding and artificial intelligence to antitrust investigations and malware,...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for July 2020

From business confidence and operational metrics to data protection and privacy...