Google's upcoming revisions to its Australian AdWords trademark policy have received attention for their anticipated implications to the Australian e-commerce industry...
There's been significant coverage on upcoming reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) that will commence in March 2014.
Recent reforms to freedom of information (FOI) law in Australia have received significant media attention for their intent to improve public access to information. However, FOI is also readily used by parties involved in civil litigation as an alternative to making an application for a government agency to give discovery, either as a party or non-party, to the proceeding.
"In its excellent report entitled Managing Discovery of Documents in Federal Courts, the Australian Law Reform Commission rightly focuses on the need for the robust judicial management of the discovery process."
Many e-discovery vendors promote Unicode as the solution to being able to process, analyse and review non-English text. However, as at January 2010, Google estimated that Unicode-encoded text accounted for fewer than 50 per cent of all web-based text that it had indexed.
On 8-9 March 2011, I was pleased to present a workshop on the topic of Understanding E-Discovery and FOI for Australian Information Professionals at HP TRIM User Forum 24 (TUF 24). Held at the Hotel Realm, Canberra, TUF 24 was well attended by HP representatives, exhibiting vendors and Australia's eminent information professionals.
My workshop was delivered in three parts:
- Electronic Evidence
- E-Discovery, featuring the top five Australian e-discovery decisions of 2010
- Freedom of Information (FOI), featuring recent reforms and "adequacy of search" decisions
The presentation in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Thanks to Kris Brown for the photo.
"The financial records in question come from two sources. One is an electronic data warehouse containing the electronic records of over 2.52 million customers and occupying some 21 terabytes of memory growing at 70 gigabytes per day. The second is Betfair's accounting system which consists of files generated from the warehouse each day."
The recent decision of Justice Siopis in the Federal Court of Australia related to ongoing litigation between two former employees of Hydrocool, who made an application of contempt of court against the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hydrocool. The decision confirms well-established precedent that a party to a proceeding for contempt of court will not be ordered to give discovery in that proceeding, even of a computer hard drive.
The recent decision of Associate Justice Mukhtar in the Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial and Equity Division) related to ongoing litigation between a motor vehicle warranty claim company, Automotive Dealer Administration Services, and Kulik, a former director of the company. The decision highlights the complexity of dealing with databases as part of discovery.