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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.


Matthew Knouff: Overseas Data – International Electronic Discovery

Matthew Knouff, attorney, joined Complete Discovery Source, Inc., as General Counsel and eDiscovery Counsel in 2008. Located in New York, CDS concentrates on providing eDiscovery services that combine cost certainty with defensible results. For more information, visit www.cdslegal.com.

Electronic discovery, or eDiscovery, involves the identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, and production of data such as email, social media content, digital photos, and other electronic documents stored in various formats for use in legal matters. One growing area of interest in the eDiscovery discipline is the preservation and collection of data from entities located overseas.

Discovery, as we know it in the U.S., is an alien concept in many foreign jursidictions. Foreign corporations that come under the long arm of U.S. jurisdiction or U.S. companies with overseas operations may find themselves facing a unique dilemma where they are required to produce data pursuant to a U.S. discovery obligation that may be protected under privacy regulations or subject to blocking statutes.

Fortunately, there are certain practical steps that can be taken to help mitigate what many practitioners may view as a choice between Scylla and Charybdis. For further reading, please follow the included link: http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/articles/21817/cross-border-e-discovery-moving-towards-practical-solutions