Wortzmans’ tradition at this time of the year is to look back on the developments in e-discovery and information governance over the past twelve months, and to gaze into the future to 2016.

As we predicted last year, cybersecurity has moved from being an issue for the IT backrooms to an issue for the boardrooms.  The number of breaches, and the financial and reputational consequences, is increasing.  As a result, the focus of many organizations has been expanded to include information governance as part of their cyber-security strategy.  Last year we predicted that the failures in records classification would begin to be addressed by advances in software that would auto-classify records.  We have seen some movement in this area with a number of  promising software solutions entering the marketplace.    We are keeping this one on the radar for 2016.

Our third prediction for 2015 was that TAR (technology assisted review) would become much more common in medium to large e-discovery matters.  It has.    These new tools, in the hands of skilled review teams, are generating big savings.

Other developments of note this past year included the update to the Sedona Canada Principles, Safe Harbor being replaced by swirling uncertainty, and an international focus on the protection of personal information.

What do we predict for 2016? Here are our annual predictions for the coming year:

  1. Privacy will continue drive the information agenda.  With the Federal Privacy Commissioner getting new powers, and the courts recognizing the serious harm caused by privacy breaches, investing in the protection of personal information will be high on the corporate priority list.
  2. Cloud computing will dominate the IT agenda, and adoption will soar.  With the rush to the cloud, organizations will need to plan for e-discovery, the protection of privacy, and information governance in the new environment. We forecast significant growing pains (or worse) for those who jump to the cloud without a plan for these important issues.
  3. E-mail will not die in 2016.  E-mail will continue to be a primary form of corporate communication, but it will be joined by a host of other tools that are much better for collaboration.  We expect announcements on social and collaboration discovery tools from a number of vendors this year.

We look forward to working with you in 2016.