Legal Technology Leadership Summit Speaker Confirms the Value of Uniform National Data Breach Legislation

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Continued state-level regulation of data breach notification obligations with inconsistent requirements are difficult to track and so more expensive to comply with.

Corporate America would be much better served with a national approach defining when data breach obligations are triggered and setting forth what those obligations are.

Patrick Oot, General Counsel and Co-Founder of the Electronic Discovery Institute (“EDI”), announced today that Christina Ayiotis, an e-discovery and data privacy expert who is heading the Data Breaches and Cybersecurity Panel at the 2011 Legal Technology Leadership Summit, has confirmed the need for a more uniform approach to data breach notification legislation across the 50 states. According to Ayiotis, “As more states have added legislation dealing with a company’s obligations in the event of data breaches affecting personal data or other classes of protected data types, it has become more burdensome for companies to track these obligations and hence more expensive to meet those compliance requirements. Corporate America would be much better served with a national approach defining when data breach obligations are triggered and setting forth what those obligations are.”

Ayiotis who is Deputy General Counsel, Information Governance at CSC, and an adjunct professor in the department of computer sciences at The George Washington University where she teaches Information Policy in the Master’s Program in Computer Security and Information Assurance, went on to say, “Uniform legislation could be achieved by pre-emptive federal legislation and it is hopeful that the high-profile breaches in the news lately will be an impetus to achieve this normalization of the law in this area .”
Ms. Ayiotis’ panel at the Legal Technology Leadership Summit will be exploring what events trigger data breach response obligations under current law as well as what those obligations are. The panel will demonstrate the value of end-to-end information management that incorporates compliance requirements throughout the lifecycle of the relevant information with particular attention to proactive security architecture that contemplates both global data flows as well as the consumerization of IT that has employees using both personal mobile computing devices as well as participation in and communication through third party social networking sites. Part of the mission of the Summit is to not only examine existing law (and the IT landscape) but to consider what changes ought to be made so that the law and policy can keep pace with ever-changing technological capabilities, challenges and innovations, as well as changing employee behavior .

About CSC.
CSC is a 90,000 person leading global consulting, systems integration and outsourcing company. For more information, visit

About the 2011 Legal Technology Leadership Summit
The Summit is co-presented by Above the Law, the American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery, and the eDiscovery Institute. Summit information is available at: Sponsors include:

  •     Applied Discovery
  •     Clearwell Systems
  •     Datacert
  •     Ernst & Young LLP
  •     FTI Attenex
  •     Guidance Software
  •     Nextpoint
  •     Pangea3
  •     Planet Data
  •     QuisLex
  •     Recommind
  •     TCDI
  •     Thomson Reuters

About the Electronic Discovery Institute
The Electronic Discovery Institute ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization that identifies and promote technologies and processes that can lower the cost or improve the quality of handling electronic discovery. The EDI Web site, has reports and articles available at no cost relating to its prior work in evaluating document categorization and conducting industry surveys on duplicate consolidation, email threading, and predictive coding. Its Judges’ Guide to Cost-Effective E-Discovery has been very well received.

About Above the Law
Above the Law ( is a prominent source for original legal news, counting among its readers everyone from general counsels and senior partners at the nation’s biggest firms to the ranks of first-year law students. Written by lawyers for lawyers, Above the Law’s staff blankets institutions like the Supreme Court, law schools, life at firms both big and small, and the impact technology has on the practice of law. It’s the first with salary and bonus information and is a hub of professional advice for legal professionals at all career stages.

About the American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery
The American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association serving attorneys, compliance professionals, digital forensics examiners, litigation support professionals, paralegals and technologists.

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