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Legal Tech Roundup: Apple Fight With FBI Spotlights MDM Software

Below is a roundup of recent legal technology news:

• A trade group is using the escalating battle between Apple Inc. and the FBI over iPhone access to remind IT managers about mobile device management (MDM) software.

Barbara Rembiesa, CEO of the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, estimated that as much as one-third of corporations are not practicing safe mobile management by installing MDM software, which allows remote access to a phone.

Employers can use MDM software to maintain control over lost or stolen devices.

A recent IATAM survey found 74 percent of its members paid for MDM software, but only about 60 percent installed it on all devices, Rembiesa said.

Apple’s standoff with the FBI stems from the case of Syed Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in an attack last December. Although Farook was an employee of San Bernardino County in California, which is testing MDM software, his division, the Department of Public Health, chose not to participate in the trial, according to county spokesman David Wert.

Wert took issue with IATAM’s position. “Mobile device management advocates are trying to shop the notion that their product is designed to allow the owner or law enforcement to break into a device possessed by a hostile user, which they know isn’t true,” he said in an e-mail to Big Law Business. “A user who doesn’t want anyone to access his phone can easily delete the mobile device management software from his phone as easily as he could delete any other app, rendering it useless.”

 

E-Discovery

• BDO Consulting named Adam Strayer as a director and head of technology-assisted review for its forensic technology services practice to advise on e-discovery matters.

Strayer will help clients identify and use the appropriate e-discovery tools.

Prior to joining BDO, Strayer was a senior consultant at Kroll Ontrack. He began his career in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust division. He received his JD from American University Washington College of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

 

• Mishcon de Reya launched an in-house e-discovery service, Mishcon Discover, in partnership with e-discovery provider Unified OS and software provider kCura. Mishcon Discover, established under a new limited liability partnership, will give clients the option of having all their e-discovery activity managed by one firm, Mishcon said.

Mishcon Discover will use the Relativity document-review platform, and will be “competitively priced,” Mishcon said.

 

• Smarsh announced this week that its Archiving Platform product is now available for integration with the Salesforce Financial Services Cloud.

“Smarsh preserves archived Salesforce content in the Archiving Platform in a search-ready state, so it’s available for review and production to support compliance and e-discovery requirements,” David Ambrose, director of channel sales at Smarsh, said in a statement.

 

Cyber Security

• Amazon has removed the ability “to encrypt locally stored data” on its Fire tablets, the Associated Press reports.

The change occurred in September, when Amazon introduced Fire OS 5 on new tablets, and was noticed this week when older versions received operating system updates. The company said customers had not been using the encryption feature, which scrambles data and allows for password protection.

Amazon.com Inc. had filed court papers in support of Apple in its fight with the FBI over access to iPhones.

 

Law firms

• Dentons subsidiary NextLaw Labs said it invested in Apperio, a “dashboard” that provides law firms and clients with information on legal fees.

In a statement, NextLaw said it will work with Apperio to “streamline matter management, track legal spend in real time and standardize the legal tender process.”

The companies didn’t disclose the size of the investment.

Dentons started NextLaw last May as a wholly owned but autonomous business accelerator.

The Apperio investment is the second for the company. In August 2015, it announced agreement with ROSS Intelligence Inc., which is developing a legal advisor app powered by IBM Watson. NextLaw is working with ROSS and IBM on a technology platform to allow startups to create and deploy legal applications more quickly.

 

• Husch Blackwell’s Senior Counsel Tessa Jacob will speak on the June 16 webcast, “The Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 502(d), eDiscovery and Attorney-Client Privilege: What Litigants Miss,” from noon to 2 p.m.

Jacob is head of Husch Blackwell’s e-discovery solutions team. The webcast will be sponsored by The Knowledge Group.

 

Miscellaneous

• The European Union is investing more than 1.2 million euros in a four-year research program aimed at simplifying legal informatics. Coordinated by the University of Luxembourg, the venture will draw on the expertise of researchers at universities in Europe, China, Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina.

The project, known as MIREL (Mining and Reasoning With Legal Texts), aims to find a way to search for data and interpret it in a way that helps users, such as companies seeking to comply with regulations and adopt best practices, the researchers said.

Grigoris Antoniou, professor at the University of Huddersfield in the UK, will lead the part of the venture aimed at the use of reasoning in artificial intelligence. Current technology can’t handle the vast amount of information available on regulations, planning laws, geographical factors and legal norms, the university said.

Gabe Friedman contributed to this report.

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