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Because You Need to Know: Monthly News Round-Up for December 2018

A monthly round-up of industry news stories, useful publications, and notable cases of which you should be aware from the preceding month


Welcome to “Because You Need to Know,” XDD’s monthly news round-up.  In these posts, we gather together interesting articles, noteworthy cases, new publications, and XDD materials from the preceding month.  This post gathers items of interest from December 2018.

Industry News Stories

Interesting topics in the news from December include the results of the second annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield and connected cars as data sources:

Notable Cases

New eDiscovery cases discussed in December include:

Useful Publications

New industry publications released in December include:

XDD Materials

XDD published four new blog articles, one new practice guide, and one new educational webinar in December:

  • Practice Guide
    • Finding Out How Many Red Hots Are in the Jellybean Jar: Using Sampling to Estimate Prevalence – Despite years of discussion in the eDiscovery industry about the power and importance of sampling techniques, many practitioners remain unfamiliar with what they can accomplish with them and when, outside of TAR, they might do so.  In this eleven-page Practice Guide, we focus specifically on the process and applications of “estimating prevalence,” from winning a candy contest, to planning at the beginning of a project, to checking completeness at the end. Concepts covered include informal versus formal sampling, prevalence and elusion, confidence level and interval, and margin of error.
  • Educational Webinar
    • Because You Need to Know: 2018 Year-In-Review – 2018 was a dramatic year in every sense of the word, including in eDiscovery.  Throughout the year, XDD rounded up industry news, noteworthy cases, and more in our monthly “Because You Need to Know” posts, and to finish out the year, we put on a special year-in-review program discussing the biggest developments and most interesting cases from across 2018. In this free, one-hour, educational program, co-presented with ACEDS: XDD Chief Legal Officer Kate Mortensen, Esq., reviews GDPR, the Privacy Shield, and other data privacy developments; XDD RVP of Forensic Services Scott Polus, CCE, reviews challenges of mobile and social sources, as well as ephemeral messaging; and XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, reviews cases on proportionality, spoliation, TAR, and more.

As always, we welcome your input regarding future topics for our webinars, articles, and white papers.  Share your interests with us here.


About the Author

Matthew Verga

Director, Education and Content Marketing

Matthew Verga is an electronic discovery expert proficient at leveraging his legal experience as an attorney, his technical knowledge as a practitioner, and his skills as a communicator to make complex eDiscovery topics accessible to diverse audiences. An twelve-year industry veteran, Matthew has worked across every phase of the EDRM and at every level from the project trenches to enterprise program design. He leverages this background to produce engaging educational content to empower practitioners at all levels with knowledge they can use to improve their projects, their careers, and their organizations.

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