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Smart redaction and auto-classification for FOIA & Public disclosure requests

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | April 9, 2019
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When it comes to Public Records requests, what I hear most from FOIA and Public Disclosure Officers is how critical it is to "get it out" and "get it right." Our clients are under great pressure to respond to each request by the legal deadline ("Get it out!") while also ensuring that no sensitive…

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Why SaaS eDiscovery is a natural fit for law firms

Jeffrey Wolff
Jeffrey Wolff | April 4, 2019
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Law firms are under pressure to offer excellent service and to control budgets at the same time. Lawyers work with aggressive schedules and their clients demand accurate and comprehensive results. The challenge is providing the best current technology at an acceptable cost. eDiscovery as a…

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Technology resolves the FOIA fees dilemma

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | April 2, 2019
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In 2017, federal agencies processed 800,000 public records requests (PRRs) at a cost of $500 million. Only a very small amount - less than 1% - was recouped in fees.   The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows for agencies to charge fees for searching and copying records, but not for…

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Why we need machines for open government requests

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 28, 2019
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In 2009, President Obama issued a Memorandum in which he reaffirmed his commitment to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and urged agencies to adopt “new technologies” to administer it. While the President did not go as far as to say that without technology open government is no longer an…

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Reduce regulatory request costs by utilizing in-house eDiscovery tools

Jeffrey Wolff
Jeffrey Wolff | March 27, 2019
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 Meeting compliance costs is a never-ending project for businesses.  The Thompson Reuters 2017 Cost of Compliance report, stated 53% of global organisations expected their compliance budgets to moderately or significantly increase over the following 12 months.  In addition, 60% believed the cost of…

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How agencies have upped their game with technology

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 26, 2019
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  Transparency and open government would clearly be less of an administrative and financial burden if there were fewer public records requests (PRRs). To achieve this goal, agencies have been pro-actively releasing information. One of several examples cited as part of evidence submitted to a…

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How in-house counsel can utilize eDiscovery platforms for regulatory requests

Jeffrey Wolff
Jeffrey Wolff | March 22, 2019
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In late September 2018, it was reported that EU anti-trust regulators were investigating whether BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen colluded to restrict the rollout of clean emission technology.  An EU executive involved in the investigation said the "circle of five" - BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen Group's…

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Tackling public records requests with technology

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 21, 2019
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Responding to a records requests under Open Records acts or the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a multifaceted process. After a federal, state, or local government agency receives a public records request (PRR), personnel must search for and collect records that may be responsive, remove…

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Brussels, Belgium and eDiscovery: more important than ever!

Jan Scholtes
Jan Scholtes | March 20, 2019
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eDiscovery is no longer just an American problem. For decades, eDiscovery has been considered a US problem, but this has all changed. Belgium and Brussels in particular, is slowly becoming the epicenter of European eDiscovery. Main driver is the increasing number of regulatory requests and…

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