Wortzmans’ tradition at this time of the year is to look back on the developments in e-discovery and information governance over the past twelve months, and to gaze into the future to 2016.
As we predicted last year, cybersecurity has moved from being an issue for the IT backrooms to an issue for the boardrooms. The number of breaches, and the financial and reputational consequences, is increasing. As a result, the focus of many organizations has been expanded to include information governance as part of their cyber-security strategy.
Last year we predicted that the failures in records classification would begin to be addressed by advances in software that would auto-classify records. We have seen some movement in this area with a number of promising software solutions entering the marketplace. We are keeping this one on the radar for 2016.
Our third prediction for 2015 was that TAR (technology assisted review) would become much more common in medium to large e-discovery matters. It has. These new tools, in the hands of skilled review teams, are generating big savings.
Other developments of note this past year included the update to the Sedona Canada Principles, Safe Harbor being replaced by swirling uncertainty, and an international focus on the protection of personal information.
What do we predict for 2016? Here are our annual predictions for the coming year:
We look forward to working with you in 2016.