PII in your ESI: The Intersection of Data Privacy and E-Discovery

Although the definition of PII or protected information varies by jurisdiction, there are certain categories of information that are generally recognized as sensitive and should be safeguarded from unnecessary dissemination in the discovery process.

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By Andrea Napp

There is a significant nexus between data privacy and security and e-discovery that grows more pronounced as the volume of data generated multiplies exponentially and the ability of e-discovery tools to collect and process that data grows increasingly sophisticated. Specifically, the e-discovery process presents a very real risk of inadvertently compromising Personal Identifying Information (PII). Although the definition of PII or protected information varies by jurisdiction, there are certain categories of information that are generally recognized as sensitive and should be safeguarded from unnecessary dissemination in the discovery process.

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