Update: EU-US Privacy Shield Faces Sharp Criticism

In March, we discussed the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield in our blog.   At the time, the EU and US had just reached an agreement in principle and the European Commission (EC) released a draft “adequacy decision” regarding the proposed framework. The Privacy Shield is a regulatory framework designed to enable US companies to comply with strict EU digital privacy laws. It replaces the invalidated “Safe Harbour” agreement.   In the intervening months, several EU institutions expressed dissatisfaction with the proposed Privacy Shield. On April 13th, the Article 29 Working Party published a critical opinion stating that the EC had

Court Orders Production of Files in “Usable” Format

On May 24th, the Alberta Court of the Queen’s Bench ruled that, in certain circumstances, meaningful disclosure requires the production of native electronic files.   Background and Arguments In Bard v Canadian Natural Resources,[1] the plaintiffs brought a motion requesting, amongst other things, that the court order the defendants to deliver native Excel spreadsheets. The defendant had provided the data in TIFF image files as agreed to by the parties in the discovery plan. The plaintiffs claimed that TIFFs were not a “usable” format.  

Heuristica Discovery Counsel and KPMG announce alliance to deliver closely integrated discovery services

TORONTO – May 24, 2016 – Heuristica Discovery Counsel and KPMG in Canada announced today an alliance to deliver innovative and closely integrated discovery services.    The Heuristica-KPMG integrated model is designed to deliver efficient and cost effective solutions to law firms and their clients, corporations and public bodies for managing discovery and investigations requirements.   KPMG’s Ediscovery Managed Services combined with Heuristica’s innovative approach to document review is a unique and seamless approach that aims to provide clients with a proportionate and defensible process, while substantially reducing costs and increasing value.   Crystal O’Donnell, founder and president of Heuristica

New EU-US Privacy Shield

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with the United States on a new framework for data transfers.   This new EU-US Privacy Shield is necessary because of the October 2015 Court of Justice of the European Union decision which invalidated the Safe Harbour arrangement (discussed in further depth in this previous article).   On February 29, 2016, the European Commission released a draft “adequacy decision” and the legal text for the new agreement. The adequacy decision establishes that the safeguards under the Privacy Shield will offer equivalent data protection standards