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The Central District of California recently joined the small growing list of courts that have held forensic reports created by outside security companies following a data breach are protected from disclosure in civil litigation in certain circumstances.
The Central District of California recently joined the small growing list of courts that have held forensic reports created by outside security companies following a data breach are protected from disclosure in civil litigation in certain circumstances. In the case In re Experian Data Breach Litigation, 15-01592 (C.D. Cal. May 18, 2017), Judge Andrew J. Guilford held that a forensic report created by the security firm Mandiant at the direction of Experian’s outside counsel, Jones Day, qualified as trial preparation material (or “work product”) under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 26(b)(3) and denied a motion to compel its production. Experian is only the third case to result in a ruling addressing these important questions. While all three rulings protected forensic reports from disclosure, the analysis in each case was highly fact-dependent. Judge Guilford’s reasoning in Experian addresses several key issues not directly raised in those other cases and sheds light on several others.
A Reflection on the Year Behind, the Years Ahead and Why Privacy Means So Much to Us
Part One of a Two-Part Article
In just over a year since GDPR Day, privacy by design has made privacy as a profession one of the fastest growing and hottest verticals in and outside of the legal job market.
By Michael Bahar, Sarah Paul, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Ali Jessani
While legislation to enhance data privacy rights and obligations continue to make headlines, regulators and legislators are also stepping up their cybersecurity expectations. In the first half of 2019, a number of states have updated their existing data breach notification laws and passed new cybersecurity requirements.
By Gevorg Karapetyan
Bring Your Own Device is one of the biggest compliance-related issues companies face today, and when it comes to security risks, law firms are prime targets. Considering law firms are built on their reputation, firms must make every assurance that the technology they use will protect their data.
By Debra Frank Montero
As data security challenges continue to escalate, many law firms and corporate legal departments are upping their efforts to strengthen cyber defenses and minimize risks.