Just as there are many tasks in electronic discovery, many times there are multiple technologies and platforms involved in the complete electronic discovery process. When there are multiple technologies and platforms involved, data must be transferred from disparate technologies and platforms to other disparate technologies and platforms. This data transfer can be considered a risk factor that impacts the overall electronic discovery process.
Disputes over trade secrets and confidential information have increased dramatically in recent years. Often arising after a business hires an employee from a competitor, a proposed acquisition falls through, or information is leaked through overseas operations, these cases expose companies to large financial damages, crippling injunctions and even criminal prosecution.
A Boston company that helps inventors and small companies enforce their patents filed a series of lawsuits this week against e-discovery company kCura, developer of the Relativity search and review platform, and several of kCura’s partners, alleging violation of a patent for concept-based visual presentation of search results.
An international team of journalists has obtained what it’s referring to as the “biggest leak in history”: A 2.6-terabyte stash of data about offshore savings and tax havens from Panama-based legal firm Mossack Fonseca.
The fact is that, of the nearly 5,000 publicly-known data breaches over the past dozen or so years, less than 5% have resulted in litigation. If your cyber coverage only kicks in when a third party makes a claim, then practically speaking you may not have any coverage at all.
Daniel Donovan, who worked as a technical project manager in Auburn Hills, Michigan, said he was fired in December after telling superiors, including the company’s in-house lawyers, that data was being deleted.
Cloud computing is becoming increasingly common in the legal world. A recent survey found that 68 percent of corporate legal departments are using cloud-based tools, with 80 percent open to adopting more in the next year. The cloud is becoming increasingly popular among private firms as well, with almost a third of attorneys turning to cloud services for law-related tasks.
While employers enjoy having employees at the ready, checking in with work while away from the office could spell legal trouble to employers. The perceived efficiency and cost savings created by such easy access to work can pale in comparison to the legal ramifications and costs that allowing unregulated access to work information on remote devices can have.
Many companies purchase cyber liability insurance to help cover their risk of computer fraud or attack. However, if not properly negotiated, some cyber insurance policies may not fully protect against all risks.
Employees now use, in addition to email, text messages, social media, intranets, extranets, and many other available means of electronic communication.