What’s Next for E-Discovery? Legaltech West Coast Offered Some Insight.

What’s next for e-Discovery in the United States and beyond? Earlier this week at Legaltech West Coast, we assembled three panels of experts—including some of the country’s most well-respected federal magistrate judges—to explore answers to that question. The discussions were lively, thought-provoking, and sometimes funny (even we can’t take e-Discovery too seriously).

Technology Assisted Review (TAR) Across the Atlantic: UK Court Approves the Use of TAR for Electronic Disclosures

A British court has now joined courts in the United States—and one in Ireland—by approving the use of technology assisted review (TAR) in litigation. On February 16, 2016, in the matter Pyrrho Investments Ltd. v. MWB Property Ltd., Master Matthews of the High Court of Justice Chancery Division granted the parties’ request to use predictive coding technology to identify documents for electronic disclosures (the U.K. analog to U.S. e-discovery). According to Master Matthews, it was the first such decision in the U.K.

Coming in 2016: Tougher New Data Privacy Rules in the European Union

European Commission and European Parliament officials last week agreed on a new set of data protection laws, intended to strengthen individuals’ privacy rights and create a more consistent set of regulations across the twenty-eight European Union member countries. Learn highlights of the new rules including provisions addressing many main points aspects of the European Union privacy rules.

Ripped from the Headlines: Automobile Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

n Sunday night’s episode of the CBS television show CSI: Cyber, a hacker “cyber-jacks” automobiles—some empty, some with drivers behind the wheel—and uses them as remote-controlled cars to cause deadly crashes. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but think back to my blog post earlier this year about the security vulnerability of our cars (and other devices we use every day) that are connected to the Internet of Things. Is the premise of the television show pure fiction? Exaggeration of a minor threat for dramatic effect?

Elektronische Beweismittel: ESI Discovery and the Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Scandal

My household owns an Audi A3 “clean diesel” car, which unfortunately turned out to be not-so-clean. So, I’ve been closely watching the news about the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal. (In case you haven’t followed the story, last month Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. pollution tests for more than 500,000 diesel engine vehicles, by installing software called "defeat devices.” The software detects when the car is hooked up to an emissions testing system, and reduces emissions during the test; once out on the open road, the emissions ramp back up, and the cars spew as much as 40 times the permitted amount of pollutants. Affected cars include Volkswagen's Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat, and the Audi A3.