Information Governance – why lawyers should take the lead

Information Governance – why lawyers should take the lead

By Andrew Haslam

Every February in New York there is a technology show of the latest innovations and trends in Legal IT. This year, one of the main themes was that "2014 is the year of Information Governance” (or in colloquial terms Big Data).

Information Governance (IG) is the newer, shinier version of what used to be called Records Information Management (RIM). Both focus on managing the risks posed by organisation information flows. The legal requirement is to ensure that organisations are complying with all the various rules and regulations about that data.

In the days before electronic information, this was a fairly “nerdy” subject that revolved around archiving policies and document retrieval and disposal. That has changed with the explosive growth of email and other forms of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). The current problem can be simplified into the observation that "we have been cursed with cheap electronic storage for the past 15 years and are paying the price". By this I mean, absent any clear direction, or tools to help them, many businesses have adopted the non-policy of “just keeping everything”.

The problem with this approach is that it comes back to haunt you when there is a need to examine the ESI, be i

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About the author:

Andrew Haslam, is the UK’s leading independent litigation support consultant, who since 1997 has provided specialist legal IT advice and eDisclosure strategy to the UK’s top law firms. Andrew started his professional career serving 12 years in the British Army where he acquired an IT degree and an abiding interest in how computing can help people work more efficiently. He then spent a decade delivering document management solutions to clients in the Military, Central Government and Pharmaceutical sectors. From early 2004, Andrew has been at the forefront of developments in eDisclosure, and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading consultants in this field, speaking at many conferences and authoring a series of white papers on a variety of technology topics. In 2013 he was the technical adviser to the working party that produced the Technology and Construction Court eDisclosure protocol and continues to serve on the team overseeing the protocol’s evolution.                          

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