Much of the discussion about cloud services remains focused on the needs of less-mature organizations and on technical rather than business considerations. Debate concentrates on whether to move to the cloud, which workloads are best to “lift and shift” from a cost, security and compliance perspective or how to avoid supplier lock-in, currently one of the biggest concerns when moving to the cloud.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our employees and our clients,” stated Oleh Hrycko, H&A eDiscovery President. “Arbor Ridge Partners’ experience and knowledge of the Litigation Support and eDiscovery industry was invaluable. They understood our particular goals and objectives and provided options that were spot on and with exceptional guidance, communication, and counsel.”
EY and Thomson Reuters today announced an agreement for the acquisition of the Thomson Reuters Pangea3 Legal Managed Services (LMS) business by various firms in the EY network. The acquisition will greatly enhance EY technology-enabled legal managed services in the three core areas of contract lifecycle management, regulatory risk and compliance, and investigations and litigation.
Epiq announced today that it has acquired H&A eDiscovery, a leading Canadian eDiscovery and litigation support firm. H&A eDiscovery will immediately begin operating under the Epiq brand.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a broad-based law protecting information that identifies California residents, will take effect in 2020. The law includes detailed disclosure requirements, provides individuals with extensive rights to control how their personal information is used, imposes statutory fines and creates a private right of action. It is expected to dramatically alter the way U.S.-based companies process data.
Contextual analysis technology is still in early adoption stages among many Fortune 500 companies. With this advanced technology, companies have the ability to pinpoint behavioral red flags and be empowered to more effectively identify, manage, and mitigate “bad behavior” before it escalates.
It is important that all covered entities, business associates, and subcontractors dealing with PHI ensure that eDiscovery providers supporting them adhere to HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance requirements.
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 creates sweeping new requirements concerning the collection, maintenance, and tracking of information for both employees or customers who are residents of California. Companies with employees or customers in California need to take stock of the information they are processing that could qualify as “personal information” for California residents, and they need to begin establishing mechanisms for compliance before the end of 2019.
The Data Protection Authority (DPA) of the German state of Bavaria announced it was considering fining a number of companies under the GDPR for their website cookie practices. The Bavarian DPA’s action potentially signals that cookies, user tracking, and online advertising are not a ‘tech industry issue,’ but instead a priority issue for companies irrespective of their industry – and one that can carry GDPR fine risk.
The 50 million euro fine of Google is the largest to be issued not only under the GDPR, but by any European regulator. However, things could have been much worse for the Andriod creators, as GDPR allows for fines up to 4% of a company’s annual global turnover, which could have resulted in a fine in the billions.