Evidence: "Lawyers, not law makers, scare IT managers most"

Don’t worry. This is actually a headline from an article on backing up and archiving data on vnunet.com. It leads with the improbable finding from a survey of some 500 business around the world that “legal archiving is the biggest concern” of systems managers and somehow mentions the cash-for-honours investigation.

The article quotes the V-P of a computer security consultancy:

“It is attorneys that are realising the IT threats first, then government. They have realised that 90 per cent of office communication is electronic and that this kind of evidence is crucial. It is emails on trial. Attorneys are much more aware of this than IT departments
and are using this in court.”

The spokesman referred to a case where the trial judge directed a jury to assume that a major bank was hiding something because it had lost data accidentally. Pretty good grounds of appeal I should have thought.


About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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