From the Experts: Don’t Get Caught With Your Head in the Clouds

January 17, 2012

Among the most notable tech developments over the past year was the significant move by leading technologies companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft toward cloud computing for both personal and business data. Indeed, a recent survey by Forrester Research Inc. found that 28 percent of all online U.S. adults use a personal cloud service, and 41 percent of them use cloud computing at work. This relatively nascent technology platform, however, entails some potential risks, particularly in the already complex area of e-discovery.

Regardless of whether your company currently relies on a cloud platform or is contemplating such a move, you need to honestly assess whether your company is currently in a position to identify, locate, preserve, and produce cloud data potentially responsive to litigation or an investigation. These questions need to be considered and worked through prior to litigation.