Last week New York City hosted LegalTech New York 2015, an exhibition of legal technology. The exhibition featured over 100 exhibitors of legal technology products for law firms. For highlights of key products and descriptions of how many of the new and updated products will impact the future of legal practice and legal technology, visit http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/latest-news/id=1202716827820/Legal-Tech-to-Blanket-LTNY-2015?mcode=1395244994797&curindex=0&slreturn=20150103112448.
This week a California lawmaker is set to introduce a bill, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA), that, if passed, would provide warrant protection for electronic communications, location information, and metadata. This bill would extend digital privacy rights for Californians, and if passed, California would join 15 other states that have passed similar measures. To read more about the proposed bill, visit http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/02/california-lawmaker-proposes-warrant-requirement-for-digital-data-access/.
Though management and discovery of electronic information continued to pose challenges for the legal community in 2014, courts continued “to endorse the use of technology to improve the efficiency and accuracy of document review management.” Among the many court holdings of 2014 were that litigation hold notices were possibly discoverable, failure to comply with electronic evidence preservation obligations may result in sanctions, and that text messages and social media were discoverable information that must be preserved. For more information on these topics, see http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/2014-e-discovery-year-in-review-cour-39576/.
This article explores how the so-called “Internet of Things” is going to revolutionize future litigation, most notably through the process of e-discovery and evidence presentation. The “Internet of Things” or IoT refers to the integration of web-connected devices into our daily lives. Through our electronics, we (and others who seek to obtain information about us) can track a vast array of information regarding our whereabouts, routines, preferences and communications. From a legal perspective, this has blown open an entire new wealth of information on potential parties and witnesses to law suits. For example, defendants in a criminal trial may be convicted or saved based on GPS data from their iPhones or other trackable devices. The information we can obtain from IoT can similarly further civil litigation proceedings and the process of e-discovery as well. For more information visit http://m.lawtechnologynews.com/module/alm/app/ltn.do#!/article/1731952994.
As freelance based services such as Uber arise in markets like taxi-driving and renting rooms, traditional law firms and legal professionals are starting to become concerned with encroachment on their own territory. So called “NewLaw” providers are springing up, creating broad implications for both individuals (law students and new practitioners) as well as established institutions. Combine this with the new global ease of access, and this may be the beginning of a new paradigm in the practice of law. You can read more at: http://www.legaltechnology.com/latest-news/comment-the-implications-of-the-uberisation-of-legal-services/.