The decreased costs of cloud storage now enable companies to migrate back-up tape data to the cloud to achieve lower overall operating costs. Companies providing the software and hardware to read tapes and upload their contents have essentially virtualized the existing backup-to-tape paradigm – they’re performing the same functions, just using the cloud as the […]

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The legal and reputational risks associated with mismanaging PII and other sensitive data are well known, and one of the most challenging areas is managing PII in  “unstructured” content – the files and documents found on file shares, local drives, and removable media. You know that PII (or PCI or PHI or IP) is in there, […]

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Because of the significant reputational and financial consequences of failing to protect content containing personally identifiable information (“PII”), corporations and governmental agencies have made it a major goal to identify and protect such content. Privacy expectations arise from a number of laws in different jurisdictions and are sometimes referred to by various acronyms such as […]

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Jeb Bush’s actions in publishing social security numbers and other personal information in emails accumulated during his tenure as governor of Florida created a bit of an international stir recently, see, e.g., articles in the BBC (LINK) and LA Times (LINK) Today there is a heightened sensitivity to protecting personally-identifiable information (PII) and to taking […]

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Faceted classification represents the collective judgment of knowledge workers or subject matter experts from multiple areas in an organization on how to classify documents and grant access to them. It is a logical outgrowth of visual classification and builds on the organization’s existing access authorization infrastructure. Faceted classification is an extremely efficient way to remove […]

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Update: Since our posting that Amazon Web Services had taken down the EDRM/FERC/Enron data set, EDRM and Nuix announced that Nuix had cleansed the Enron data set of more than 10,000 items containing private, health and financial information (http://www.edrm.net/archives/17490), and Index Engines announced that it had found “more dirt” in the EDRM/Nuix data set (http://www.poweroverinformation.com/index-engines-finds-more-dirt-on-nuixs-cleansed-enron-data-set/). […]

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Since writing our initial posting on the EDRM/FERC/Enron PII disclosures, we have learned more information about the PII disclosures that may be of interest to those who use or discuss this collection. This posting reviews FERC’s actions in the light of what was technically possible at the time and comments on Enron’s appeal of the disclosure decision […]

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Background. The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (“EDRM”) is an e-discovery industry standards setting group, and the EDRM Enron Email Data Set v2 (“EDRM Data”) is a collection of documents originally gathered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) as part of its investigation of Enron’s energy trading practices and then made public by it. EDRM […]

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Rule 9037 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure governs protecting certain personal information in bankruptcy proceedings, including creditor matrices filed under Rule 1007 and proofs of claims under Rule 3001. See also Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2 governing redaction of certain personal and financial information contained in documents filed with a federal court, […]

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