David Wallack is eDiscovery Counsel and Director of Legal Operations at NightOwl Discovery. NightOwl is particularly well placed to help its corporate clients with the implications of keeping and managing data in the EU because, in addition to its long-standing US eDiscovery practice, it has facilities in Dublin and in Düsseldorf.
Much of NightOwl’s business involves multi-year contracts with corporate clients to manage their information for a wide range of purposes, not just for disputes discovery.
With the General Data Protection Regulation getting closer, I asked David Wallack what NightOwl is doing to help its clients get ready for the GDPR, for the implementation of Office 365, and in connection with the use of analytics for information management.
David Wallack opened with the really good point that the GDPR affects NightOwl as much as it affects its clients – it is, he says, “difficult for our clients to be compliant if we ourselves are not”. NightOwl has invested a great deal in plans, policies and procedures to ensure compliance in relation to its data in Dublin and Düsseldorf.
Office 365 is raising all sorts of implications for NightOwl’s clients – not just eDiscovery implications like maintaining legal hold, but continuing business implications like data remediation, GDPR compliance and the identification of personal information. In this capacity, NightOwl is not simply reacting to eDiscovery demands but giving active consulting advice to clients in anticipation of future demands generally.
The steady improvement in modern analytical tools has broadened the range of services which NightOwl can offer to its clients in corporate legal departments. The development of NightOwl’s expertise in this regard is explained in an interview I did with NightOwl’s President, Tom Palladino, about NightOwl’s Client Advisory Group, which you will find here.