Five Things We Heard at Legaltech

by: Kim Taylor, CEO

Legaltech New York 2020 has come and gone, and I am always grateful for the opportunity to mingle with industry peers, meet up with old friends, and make new ones. With such a wealth of industry knowledge from all over the globe in one venue, I appreciate the opportunity to put my ear to the ground and find out what the thought leaders and innovators are saying about trends both in full motion and on the horizon. This year was no exception. Read below to find out the top five buzzwords I heard at Legaltech New York 2020.

  1. Compliance 
    CCPA and GDPR continue to spark conversations about compliance and how we manage and use personal information. And though CCPA is the first state-wide policy, it is surely not the last, so everyone is trying to stay ahead of the game and prepare for future regulations now. Companies are starting to realize that many of the tools and processes they have implemented for eDiscovery can also be dually purposed for privacy and compliance tasks.

  2. Data security 
    Threats from foreign countries interested in acquiring information and technology illegally continue to be a major point of concern. Companies will need to adopt new security policies and practices that focus on identifying and protecting sensitive and critical data.  Also, eliminating ROT (redundant, obsolete and trivial) data will limit exposure and reduce the attack surface.

  3. Legal operations 
    We are seeing more and more input from legal departments on eDiscovery processes, tools, and adoption of legal technology. Tech implementation regarding legal technology is starting to involve more collaboration with IT, as IT has valuable intelligence around data which has led to legal departments embracing greater efficiencies within their eDiscovery process.  

  4. Innovative and ceiling breaking technology 
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools continue to rule the legal technology world, and 2020 will be no different. Tools that can detect sentiment, organize research and data, auto-redact, etc., will transform the way we practice law, and eDiscovery. Blockchain-powered smart contracts is also a tool that is starting to gain traction with its self-executing capabilities which is the ability of computer code that upon the occurrence of a specified condition or conditions, can run automatically according to pre-specified functions.

  5. Nontraditional data types and sources 
    The minute we figure out how to host and categorize new and emerging data types, they become commonplace and something new takes its place. Unfortunately, when these platforms hit the market, the focus is on front-end features and usability and very little consideration is given to backend processes like eDiscovery. How we manage these ever-evolving sources of information and the potential evidence they create is a constantly evolving, but important conversation. 

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