Virtually unheard of 20 years ago, increasing data volumes and ever-changing technologies have resulted in e-discovery and information governance exploding onto the legal scene. Corporations face a wide array of overlapping and competing e-discovery and information governance laws and regulations, impacting the use, retention and disposition of electronically stored information (ESI). This first edition of The e-Discovery and Information Governance Law Review provides a general overview of e-discovery and information governance obligations in key jurisdictions around the world.
‘Fraud’ is a word that people find easier to use than to define. Partly for this reason, it is difficult for lawyers to summarise the way in which their particular jurisdictions deal with it. Some of the sources of their laws will be domestic and will have evolved over time. Others will be recent international conventions, where regard must be had to the decisions of other jurisdictions.
Following the first year of life under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and with only months to go until the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect, 2019 feels more like Waiting for Godot than Hallelujah Chorus. Unless policy makers around the world make a real effort to identify the actual privacy risks people face, we will see more of the same in 2020 – an incessant barrage of tedious cookie notices, overwrought haranguing against tailored advertising and more blaming of victims of cybercrime for governments’ failure to protect their economies from electronic attack by sophisticated state actors and criminals.