Weekly Trends Report – 5/2/2019

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Insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading – who is doing what now or in the future, what works and what doesn’t, and what people wish they could do but can’t – gleaned from recent publications

EDRM May 15-17 Annual Workshop – The Duke/EDRM workshop and forum is an annual gathering of highly motivated judges, practitioners, consultants, service providers, and software vendors who collaborate on exciting and challenging ediscovery and other IT projects that impact the industry and the profession. Join us in an intimate environment on Duke Law School’s campus, develop and broaden professional relations, and avail yourself of ample opportunities to talk directly to federal judicial and bar leaders.


Persisting e-discovery challenges – Frank Ready of Legaltech News links to a series of articles five e-discovery challenges that won’t be going away soon:


CLOUD Act white paper and FAQ – Katie Townley & Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik of Kelley Drye report that the Department of Justice recently released a white paper and set of 29 FAQs, “Promoting Public Safety, Privacy, and the Rule of Law Around the World: The Purpose and Impact of the CLOUD Act”. Enacted to “speed access to electronic information held by U.S.-based global providers that is critical to our foreign partners’ investigations of serious crime”, the CLOUD Act “authorizes executive agreements between the United States and trusted foreign partners that will make both nations’ citizens safer, while at the same time ensuring a high level of protection of those citizens’ rights.”

Financial services business, GLBA & CCPA – Helen Foster of Davis Wright Tremaine discusses the implications for financial services businesses of the California Consumer Privacy Act and how the combination of that Act and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and its implementing regulations affect those businesses.

The unknown CCPA – In a Corporate Counsel article, Dan Clark covers a MediaPRO survey the key takeaway of which is that 46% of employees in the US have never heard of the CCPA.

CCPA amendments – Hogan Lovells notes that seven amendments to the CCPA are advancing through the California Assembly and eighth was withdrawn:

  • AB 25: Modify definition of “consumer”
  • AB 846: Amend the anti-discrimination provision (§1798.125)
  • AB 873: Amend definition of “deidentified”
  • AB 874: Amend the definition of “personal information”
  • AB 981: Exempt insurance institutions, agents, and support organizations to which the Insurance Information and Privacy Protection Act applies
  • AB 1146: Limit the scope of CCPA’s exemption for vehicle information shared between a dealer and the vehicle’s manufacturer
  • AB 1564: Modify §1798.130 requirement that mandates a business make available two or more designated methods for consumers to submit access requests
  • AB 1760 withdrawn: Had proposed various changes including requiring affirmative opt-in consent

Texas data privacy legislation – Texas has introduced a new data privacy bill, report Eric Levy of Husch Blackwell in a Legaltech News article and John Tomaszewski and Ted Murphree of Seyfarth Shaw in a firm post.  House Bill 4390, the Texas Privacy Protection Act (TPPA), would place restrictions on the ability of certain for-profit businesses to collect and process PII and requirements that they adequately safeguard that information. It also would give individuals the right to access their PII.

Massachusetts data privacy legislation – Massachusetts has proposed legislation that would regulate the use of a consumer’s personal and biometric information, writes Amy Harwath of Sheppard Mullin. Bill S.120, An Act relative to consumer data privacy, draws on the CCPA and has parallels to Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, but differs in several ways as discussed in the article.

Privacy Shield and Brexit – William RM Long and Jasmine Agyekum of Sidley report that both the UK and US governments have taken Privacy Shield actions in light of the UK’s possible departure from the EU. The UK government passed the Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) (No.2) Regulations 2019. The US Department of Commerce updated Privacy Shield and the UK FAQs.

Sedona cybersecurity commentary – The Sedona Conference announced it has published a public-comment version of “The Sedona Conference Commentary on Application of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Protection to Documents and Communications Generated in the Cybersecurity Context”. The comment period is open through June 25.


Lawyer duty of technology conference – Bob Ambrogi of LawSites reports that Michigan could be the 37th state to adopt the duty of technology competence for lawyers, now that the Michigan Supreme Court has posted a notice that it is considering adopting the duty. Bob maintains a roster and map of such states with links to each state’s technology competence provisions.

Legal tech incubators expand –

Slaughter and May announced the first cohort of its Collaborate legal tech program, as noted by Artificial Lawyer.  The six cohort members reflect the focus that law firms are putting on legal tech development:

  • Tabled: Platform to helps lawyers manage tasks and projects
  • StructureFlow: Platform to help lawyers and their clients visualize legal structures and transactions.
  • Clarilis: Document automation tool
  • JUST: Access: Transcription and dictation solution using AI and natural language processing
  • Logiak: – A no-code tool to create logic/rule-based systems
  • LitiGate: – AI-powered litigation platform

Mishcon de Reya launched a new program, M:Tech, that offers free legal advice and mentoring to early-stage UK-based tech businesses, reported Artificial Lawyer.

PwC is launching Scale | LawTech, a 10 week program that will support B2B and B2B2C scale-ups to expand and grow within the legal sector – another report from Artificial Lawyer.


Conferences, webinars, and the like can provide insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading

5/3/2018-5/31/2019 EVENTS

Start End TZ Type Location Host Title
5/3/19 Meeting Raleigh/Durham/Cary/RTP, NC ARMA ARMA Triangle Chapter Meeting
5/3/19 Meeting Uncasville, CT ARMA Roll the Dice with Data!
5/5/19 1:00 PM 5/7/19 11:30 AM ET Conference Garden City, NY Consero Corporate Litigation Forum For Financial Services & Insurance
5/6/19 1:00 PM ET Webinar ABA Data Knows No Bounds: Managing Cross-Border Cyber Incidents
5/7/19 12:20 PM BST Webinar LexisNexis Webinars Evidence and disclosure in 2019
5/7/19 8:00 AM 5/7/19 11:30 AM CT Conference BDO
Privacy & Cybersecurity Risk Management Series: Insights on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
5/7/19 1:00 PM 5/7/19 2:00 PM ET Webinar CCBJ Data Privacy Implications of Cloud-Based Social Collaboration Apps
5/8/19 11:30 AM 5/8/19 12:15 PM ET Webinar Concept Searching Crossing the Content Chaos Chasm – Where Does Records Management Fit?
5/8/19 1:00 PM 5/8/19 2:00 PM ET Webinar ACEDS Doing More With Less: How Walmart and Veolia Are Revolutionizing Corporate Discovery
5/8/19 Meeting Tacoma, WA ARMA Office 365 Records Retention – ARMA Puget Sound Chapter Program
5/8/19 1:00 PM ET Webinar Opentext Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Preserving Ephemeral Evidence in E-Discovery
5/8/19 5:00 PM 5/10/19 1:00 PM ET Conference Austin, TX Women in eDiscovery Women in eDiscovery National Conference
5/9/19 Meeting Madison, WI ARMA Digital Lifecycle Management Workshop
5/9/19 12:00 PM 5/9/19 1:30 PM ET Meeting New York, NY Women in eDiscovery New York City – Save the date
5/9/19 1:00 PM 5/9/10 2:00 PM ET Webinar MER Making the ERP Sausage: A Case Study of RIM Inclusion During System Transition
5/9/19 1:00 PM 5/9/19 2:30 PM ET Webinar Strafford Obtaining and Admitting Cell Phone Evidence at Trial: Call Logs, Text Messages, and Location Data
5/9/19 2:00 PM ET Webinar DATAVERSITY Data Curation for Artificial Intelligence Strategies
5/10/19 8:00 AM 5/10/19 10:30 AM ET Meeting Grand Rapids, MI BDO
Warner Norcross + Judd
IT Resource
Industry 4.0 – Security in a Tech and Data-Driven Age
5/14/19 Meeting Tampa, FL ARMA Florida Gulf Coast ARMA Monthly Meeting
5/14/19 7:30 AM 5/16/19 12:00 PM PT Conference Las Vegas, NV CLOC CLOC 2019 Las Vegas
5/14/19 9:00 AM 5/14/19 4:00 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL Exterro Exterro Regional User Group Chicago
5/14/19 11:00 AM 5/14/19 12:00 PM ET Webinar Litexn The fastest ways to redact sensitive information from Excel files
5/14/19 2:00 PM ET Webinar DATAVERSITY Data Management Maturity – Achieving Best Practices using DMM
5/15/19 2:00 PM 5/17/19 1:00 PM ET Conference Durham, NC Duke/EDRM EDRM 2019 Workshop/Forum
5/15/19 Meeting Lincoln, NE ARMA Developing Defensible Deletion Strategies
5/15/19 5:30 PM 5/15/19 8:30 PM CEST Meeting Brussels, Belgium The Sedona Conference WG6 Membership-Building Event: The Tension between Data Protection Compliance and Investigatory Demands
5/16/19 Meeting Portland, OR ARMA Oregon Chapter 50th Anniversary
5/16/19 Meeting Boston, MA ARMA ARMA Boston: Homerun Extravaganza
5/16/19 Meeting Oaks, PA ARMA Liberty Bell Chapter Meeting
5/16/19 8:00 AM 5/16/19 5:30 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL The Masters Conference Chicago Windy City Legal And Data Event
5/16/19 9:00 AM 5/16/19 4:00 PM ET Conference New York, NY Exterro Exterro Regional User Group New York
5/16/19 2:00 PM ET Webinar DATAVERSITY Build an Effective Data Governance Framework
5/16/19 2:00 PM 5/16/19 4:30 PM CT Meeting Minneapolis, MN IAPP The Duty of Data Security and the Practicality of Managing it
6/15/19 4:30 PM CT Meeting Minneapolis, MN IAPP IAPP KnowledgeNet Happy Hour
5/17/19 8:00 AM 5/17/19 5:00 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL InfoGov World Data Monetization & Infonomics Summit
5/19/19 10:00 AM 5/22/19 4:30 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL MER MER Conference 2019
5/21/19 Meeting Atlanta, GA ARMA Atlanta Chapter Meeting
5/21/19 8:00 AM 5/21/19 9:00 PM BST Conference London, UK Relativity Relativity Fest London
5/21/19 7:30 AM 5/22/19 3:30 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL Corporate Counsel SuperConference 2019
5/21/19 8:00 AM 5/21/19 5:00 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL Consero Corporate Litigation & Investigations Executive Roundtable
5/21/19 8:30 AM 5/24/19 4:30 PM ET Conference Toronto, Canada IAPP IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019
5/21/19 1:00 PM ET Webinar ABA Technology-Related Policies for Law Firms
5/22/19 Meeting Chicago, IL ARMA ARMA Chicago Spring Seminar at MER Conference
5/22/19 8:00 AM 5/23/19 4:00 PM ET Conference Washington, DC Georgetown Law CLE 2019 Cybersecurity Law Institute
5/22/19 10:00 AM ET Webinar HaystackID Apple, Oranges, and eDiscovery Pricing
5/22/19 12:00 PM 5/22/19 1:00 PM ET Webinar ACC GDPR: A Year in Review
5/22/19 12:00 PM 5/24/19 4:05 PM GMT Conference London, UK ACC General Counsel Summit
5/23/19 Conference Sacramento, CA ARMA 2019 Records Knowledge Conference
5/23/19 2:00 PM ET Conference DATAVERSITY Master Data Management – Aligning Data, Process, and Governance
5/24/19 1:00 PM 5/24/19 2:00 PM CEST Webinar ACEDS Live from the ZyLAB Amsterdam Office: One Year GDPR: What’s Up (Next)?
5/29/19 Conference Houston, TX ARMA ARMA Houston Monthly Meeting
5/30/19 7:00 AM 5/30/19 6:00 PM IST Conference Bangalore, India Events 4 Sure GDPR ConfEx & Law Tech Exhibition


Date Focus Organization Title
4/24/2019 ED DISCO Miller Barondess Selects DISCO as Ediscovery Partner
4/24/2019 ED HaystackID


HaystackID Partners with Authenticity.AI to Automate and Accelerate Foreign Language Translation for eDiscovery Review
4/24/2019 C/DP Robert Half Survey: More Than 7 In 10 Lawyers Plan To Boost Cybersecurity Spending
4/25/2019 ED Sonasoft


Sonasoft (SSFT) Completes Acquisition of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Company, Hotify, Inc.
4/25/2019 C/DP Proofpoint Proofpoint Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
4/29/2019 ED


Nuix Nuix Launches All-new Partner Portal
4/29/2019 ED FRONTEO FRONTEO Opens Low Cost Managed Review Center in Florida
4/30/2019 LT/DT BCLP


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Makes Strategic Global Commitment to Embed Kira Within High-Volume Workstreams
5/1/2019 ED Legal IT Insider The 2019 Buyer’s Guide to UK eDisclosure Systems is available now!
5/1/2019 ED Lighthouse Lightyear Capital Announces Investment in Lighthouse
5/1/2019 ED Exterro Exterro Expands Global Presence with European Team
5/1/2019 ED


Morae Global Morae Global Acquires Content Management And Digital Transformation Provider Phoenix Business Solutions


Date Focus Organization Title
4/16/2019 ED Hanzo How to Archive Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media for Regulatory Compliance

John Grant

4/24/2019 C/DP TechTarget State data privacy laws, regulations changing CISO priorities

Mary K. Pratt

4/24/2019 C/DP


Ride the Lightning Mueller Report: Backdoor Encryption Debate is Still Alive and Well

Sharon Nelson

4/25/2019 ED Relativity Active Learning Workflows 101

Sohael Qayyum (Sky Discovery)

4/26/2019 ED Complex Discovery The Issue That Currently Concerns eDiscovery Professionals The Most: Increasing Volumes of Data (Spring 2019)

Rob Robinson

4/29/2019 ED KMWorld How e-discovery requirements are changing: 5 questions with Relativity CTO Keith Carlson

Joyce Wells

4/29/2019 ED Exterro How Much E-Discovery Can You Do with Microsoft Office 365?

Tim Rollins

4/30/2019 ED eDiscovery Daily Blog Court Grants Motion to Compel Production of Telephone Records from Individual Plaintiff: eDiscovery Case Law

Doug Austin

5/1/2019 ED Legaltech News 5 E-Discovery Challenges That Won’t Be Going Away Any Time Soon

Frank Ready

5/1/2019 C/DP Legaltech News GDPR: One Year Down, Forever to Go

Frank Ready


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Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal
George Socha is the Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, where he promotes brand awareness, helps guide development of product roadmap and consults with customers on effective deployment of legal technology.

Named an “E-Discovery Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, George has assisted corporate, law firm, and government clients with all facets of electronic discovery, including information governance, domestically and globally. He served clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, energy, retail, banking and technology, among others. As a renowned industry thought leader, he has authored more than 50 articles and spoken at more than 200 engagements across the world on a variety of e-discovery topics. His extensive knowledge has also been utilized more than 20 times to provide expert testimony.

Co-founder of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), a framework that outlines the standards for the recovery and discovery of digital data, and the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM), a similar framework specific to information management, George is skilled at developing and implementing electronic discovery strategies and managing electronic discovery processes.