Jeffrey S. Follett, Partner at Foley Hoag LLP
Whether mining data for e-discovery compliance or just going about its daily business, your company faces a welter of confusing and sometimes conflicting legal obligations and interests relating to information security and privacy. Almost certainly, you have more sensitive information, in more places, than you even realize. How can you go about getting a handle on all this information and balancing the competing privacy and security needs of your company, its employees and its customers? Start here. Records retention expert Jeff Follett will begin by overviewing data security and privacy law at the federal, state and international level, then will move on to practical suggestions for auditing your company's existing procedures, developing new procedures, and securing vendor compliance. Because the teams, skills and resources needed to address these security and privacy issues typically overlap with those needed to address e-discovery, start to develop a comprehensive approach now, using e-discovery to leverage data security and vice-versa.