According to Integreon CEO Bob Rowe, “This year’s Report shed light on how US and UK corporations and law firms are coping with the tremendous challenges of regulatory readiness. Clearly corporations are still struggling to maintain regulatory compliance especially in light of static or inadequate resources. A combination of people, process and technology resources provided by law firms, ALSPs and software vendors are filling the gaps. Looking forward, issues like Brexit, Covid-related legislation, United States data privacy laws, and the LIBOR transition will all require corporations and their legal counsel to step up more.”
Complex information governance challenges require a comprehensive and complete approach to understanding an organization’s data profile through the lenses of compliance, privacy, and litigation. Data mapping is a critical component of this understanding. The practices, protocols, and processes around this vital component can make the difference between an organization’s comfort or concern regarding its data profile.
Managing public comment responses for environmental impact projects, rule changes, and permit applications requires the latest technology with comprehensive workflows to meet strict deadlines and detailed reporting requirements. In this presentation, industry eDiscovery experts will share how to streamline and optimize the labor-intensive process of accepting and resolving public feedback using Relativity coupled with innovative workflows.
According to the European Commission, the Digital Services Act is a comprehensive set of new rules, which regulate the responsibilities of digital services. Together with the Digital Markets Act, it will create a safer digital space for users of digital services, protecting their fundamental rights online. The Acts will also create a level playing field so that digital businesses can grow within the single market and compete globally.
“As our lives increasingly move online, our data privacy becomes more important than ever. The California Consumer Privacy Act, which gives consumers choice and control over personal information in the marketplace, is game-changing and historic,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Our regulations provide businesses and individuals with guidance on how to protect that choice and boost transparency, while continuing to unleash innovation. Businesses have had since January 1 to comply with the law, and we are committed to enforcing it starting July 1.”
The updated guidance document on corporate compliance from the Department of Justice sets forth topics that the Criminal Division has frequently found relevant in evaluating corporate compliance programs. The information shared in the guidance may be beneficial for legal, business, and information technology professionals in the eDiscovery ecosystem as they consider audits, investigations, and litigation in the area of corporate compliance.
“Companies that profit from personal information have an extra responsibility to protect and secure that data,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons. “Equifax failed to take basic steps that may have prevented the breach that affected approximately 147 million consumers. This settlement requires that the company take steps to improve its data security going forward, and will ensure that consumers harmed by this breach can receive help protecting themselves from identity theft and fraud.”
“The Antitrust Division is committed to rewarding corporate efforts to invest in and instill a culture of compliance,” said Assistant Attorney General Delrahim. “The Division’s Leniency Policy has long provided the ultimate credit for effective antitrust compliance programs. Beyond leniency, recently we have credited prospective compliance efforts at sentencing. Crediting compliance at charging is the next step in our continued efforts to deter antitrust violations and reward good corporate citizenship.”
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.”