Legal Tech Roundup: Recommind Enters the Cloud

Feb. 1, 2016, 10:31 PM

Below are several recent legal technology developments:

• Recommind, a software as a service e-Discovery company, announced it is offering a new cloud-based version of Axcelerate, its data review and analysis tool. Called Axcelerate Cloud, the company will use Amazon Web Services’ data centers.

A subscription fee includes unlimited users, and unlimited analytics for hosted data. Pricing tiers will be based on the amount of data under management.

• DSi, a Nashville-based e-Discovery company that provides litigation support such as processing, collection, hosting and review, announced that it is now selling Everlaw document review software alongside its other offerings, such as Catalyst Repository Systems software.

DSi’s CEO John Burchfield said his discussions with Everlaw about a partnership started approximately one year ago. “When we saw their tool, it was immediately the user interface and simplicity of use that caught our attention,” said Burchfield.

• Thomson Reuters unveiled eDiscovery Point, a web-based HTML5 technology platform that can be used for services starting with data processing through to production. The company worked with four different law firms to develop the platform as an easy-to-use self service model, according to Eric Laughlin, a managing director of managed services at Thomson Reuters Legal.

The pricing structure is based on the amount of data that is put into review. It will cost between $40 to $50 per gigabyte, Laughlin said.

• DLA Piper on Friday unveiled its newest ‘information as a legal service’ tool: The Data Privacy Scorebox is a 30-minute online multiple choice format questionnaire that the firm’s clients can use to generate private reports and allows them to benchmark how their internal programs look compared to the rest of their sector.

The tool provides benchmarking around 12 privacy policy issues including transparency, security, cross-border transfers of personal data, fair and lawful processing, entities involved in the processing and a half-dozen others.

“It’s a [free] value-added service to meet something that we hear our clients asking for a lot,” said Jim Halpert, co-chair of the firm’s global data protection, privacy and security group.

• The Berkman Center on Internet and the Society at Harvard University releaseda report on Feb. 1 about the ongoing debate about surveillance and cybersecurity, looking closely at whether encrypted communications enable means the world is “going dark” and tracking criminals will be more difficult. The short answer: No.

“In this report, we question whether the ‘going dark’ metaphor accurately describes the state of affairs,” the report’s authors wrote. “Are we really headed to a future in which our ability to effectively surveil criminals and bad actors is impossible? We think not.”

Titled, “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate,” the authors include include Harvard Law School professors Jonathan Zittrain and Jack Goldsmith among others. The report concludes that encryption is unlikely to ever become ubiquitous or standardized. But the government still has ample surveillance opportunities thanks to the growing information stream provided by network sensors and the Internet of Things, plus the fact that metadata is likely to always remain unencrypted.

• Switzerland-based Yerra Solutions announced the launch of a new legal spend management service, called Yerra Clearly. According to a press release, it standardizes data from invoices received in any format. Meanwhile, the company’s specialists analyze the spend and make recommendations for savings, and then send its specialists to negotiate directly with law firms.

• Most law firms, approximately 69 percent, have begun digitizing records but only about 35 percent of law firms are scanning both current and historical files, according to a survey of 100 law firms conducted by the document and workflow solutions provider Omtool and ALM media.

Other survey findings include that three-fourths of law firms have full-time employees working on digitization and 13 percent store files in an offsite facility. More information on the survey can be found here .

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