Matthew Knouff: CDS Digital Customs Tool™ Ensures EU and U.S. Regulatory Compliance in Multinational Litigation Matters

An experienced attorney, Matthew Knouff serves as General Counsel and eDiscovery Counsel with New York-based Complete Discovery Source, Inc. (CDS Legal). One of the firm’s innovative products is CDS Digital Customs™, which facilitates cross-border data collection for international e-disclosure purposes.

Uniquely versatile, Digital Customs™ has been developed to meet U.S. discovery requirements, while maintaining full compliance with rigorous EU privacy regulations. The proprietary system combines a number of distinct discovery-related technologies in a single portable piece of equipment. The appliance can be deployed onsite and seamlessly integrate with the target infrastructure. It avoids cumbersome collections processes while efficiently identifying, filtering, de-duplicating, processing, and hosting data on-site at a corporate client’s facilities. Following the acquisition of custodian consent and other requirements, the resultant data set is carefully reviewed by attorneys for Personally Identifiable Information (PII), sensitive categories of data, responsiveness, privilege, and other criteria. Digital Customs™ is built to support terabytes of data and allows users the ability to leverage advanced analytics, Technology Assisted Review (TAR), and predictive coding functionality. Following review and compliance with all other legal and regulatory requirements, data can be exported to the United States for the final review and production phases.

In one successful assignment, Matthew Knouff and the CDS Advisory Services and Forensic Teams deployed Digital Customs™ in Germany for a major multinational manufacturing firm. The data was utilized in a U.S. civil suit that claimed unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

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