Obtaining iPhone Geolocation Data in Civil Discovery

Confused iPhone by Marcin Wichary, on Flickr

Remember the buzz earlier this year that your iPhone was cataloging your location in a hidden file?  InternetLawCommentary points us to an article in Trial Advocate Quarterly that describes how an attorney might go about obtaining such information in civil discovery, and how to make sense of the data once obtained.  It also contains a discussion of whether such information is actually discoverable.

Image: cc-by / Marcin Wichary

Virtual LegalTech Conference: Dec. 15, 2011

Want to learn the latest about legal technology, but can’t afford the time or expense of traveling to a conference?  The Virtual LegalTech Conference — run by ALM, the publishers of such magazines as Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal, and Legal Technology News – is a free, online-only event that enables you to watch presentations, interact with colleagues, and earn CLE credit from the comfort of your own office or home.

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Personal Technology in the Courtroom: When Is a Phone No Longer a Phone?

In The Daily Record, Erek Barron recounts an amusing anecdote where a bailiff sternly reprimanded him for using his cell phone in the courtroom, when Barron was merely checking his calendar for future trial dates:

I didn’t even consider that what he was saying applied to me because I was using my BlackBerry and its use as a phone might only be the third or fourth most useful feature. I don’t think of it as a “cell phone.”

Indeed, in the past several years cell phones have evolved from telephones to miniature computers that enable us not only to call or text, but also schedule, e-mail, take notes, research… and of course to “check in,” tweet, and take photographs.

Are courtroom rules that ban the use of cellphones too broad?  Should an iPhone or Droid be considered a phone or a computer?  These are some of the issues courts must struggle with as the pace of innovation in personal technology continues to accelerate.

The Effect of the Economic Downturn on Legal Technology

Wired GC has an interesting post studying the effect of the economic downturn on legal technology.  Noting that the costs of new technology were traditionally “baked in” to hourly rates, the blog concludes that the economic squeeze has incentivized clients to look for firms that make independent investments in technology and can mobilize their expertise with that technology to deliver cost-effective services:

Alas, most law firms were too profitable in the short-term to see an opportunity in the long-term. Now clients won’t pay for tech, they will pay for services from law firms that buy the right products themselves and use it better than others.

Check out the rest of the post.  CLCT and the Circuit will continue to monitor and analyze the unique challenges of building, selling, and deploying legal technology in this difficult economic environment.

IT.CAN Conference – Toronto – Oct. 27-28, 2011

Mark your calendars: the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (“IT.CAN”) is holding its fifteenth annual conference in Toronto on October 27-28, 2011.

The agenda includes speakers and roundtable devoted to:

  • updates on intellectual property law
  • anti-SPAM compliance in the U.S., E.U., and Canada
  • issues related to cloud computing and related business models
  • information technology contracting
  • electronic health records
  • mobile phone and application issues
  • the use of technology in alternative dispute resolution
  • social media advertising issues

There are also many networking opportunities to meet with your fellow practitioners.  The full agenda is here (PDF). For our Canadian readers, this conference has been accredited for CLE credit by various provincial law societies.

(Hat tip to Slaw)