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Public Records Requests: why IT doesn’t have to be the problem   

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | December 14, 2018
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The role of IT in fulfilling Public Records Requests (PRRs) is as difficult as it is unenviable. IT is not in charge of the process, but arguably carries out the brunt of the work. We all know that this workload is increasing, and getting trickier to do effectively – that is to say, according to…

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A guide for legal to make up with IT

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | December 7, 2018
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Nobody wants to make mistakes, and nobody wants to go to court. It happens, of course, and in 2017, the federal bill for litigation regarding Public Records Requests came to $40 million. This $40 million does not factor in the cost of business disruption, and the reputational damage of what are…

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Respond to FOIA requests quickly and accurately

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | November 23, 2018
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Journalists, government watchdog organizations, and ordinary citizens are armed with a powerful tool to shed light on U.S. government activities: Freedom of Information laws. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and similar open records or “sunshine” laws in all 50 states require government…

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IMLA 2018 - For Most Local Governments Public Disclosures are Labor Intense and Manual

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | October 23, 2018
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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 83rd Annual International Municipal Lawyers Association Conference in Houston, Texas.  It was a great opportunity for me to step away from my everyday activities to learn from and network with some of the nation’s best local government attorneys.

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How public bodies in Ireland respond more effectively!

Jeffrey Wolff
Jeffrey Wolff | June 19, 2018
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In March, The Irish Times reported that public bodies and government departments in Ireland show an “unacceptably high level of failure” to respond in time to the growing number of requests for information made since the Irish Freedom of Information Act was introduced in 2014.

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Bigger gets better: tech vastly improves how large cities respond to public records requests

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | May 28, 2018
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Fully integrating eDiscovery technology into public records disclosure processes gives public officials the tools to cut disclosure response times up to one-third while vastly improving the ease and accuracy in finding responsive records.

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When it comes to a Public Records Request, technology is no longer optional

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | May 9, 2018
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Responding to a disclosure request is time consuming and under the duress of trying to meet the strict deadlines, it opens the agency to mistakes and risks of accidental disclosure.  Most agencies receive thousands of requests each year.  A single disclosure can involve hundreds, if not thousands…

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No silver bullet to cover all GDPR requirements...

Lennert Hoogvliet
Lennert Hoogvliet | February 26, 2018
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that becomes effective end of May this year will have severe impact on how companies and government organizations have to operate when dealing with information from citizens and other subject in the European Union. We all know that non-compliance with…

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Mladic sentenced to life: 23 years of eDiscovery comes to an end

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | November 22, 2017
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Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, also known as the "Butcher of Bosnia”, today has been found guilty of genocide and some of the worst atrocities commited during 1990s Bosnian war. During his trial at the UN tribunal, he faced 11 charges, including crimes against humanity,

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