Computers and Law, the website of the Society for Computers and Law is publishing the 2016 predictions of those interested in IT law and IT for lawyers. Today it is my turn, and my few words (not so few, as it turned out) appear under an excessively kind heading provided by the editor, Laurence Eastham.
There is a bit about rules, case management and costs, along with something on artificial intelligence and cyber risk. The pen-pushers at the Ministry of Justice get a pasting and, unsurprisingly, there is a section on the effect of Schrems on discovery and its crossover with privacy and data protection. Information governance turns up in the form of the suggestion that if organisations “kept less garbage, and knew where to find the rest, they might reduce their eDiscovery bills. They might even get value out of what they keep”.
One section is called There’s gold in them thar social media hills with a reference to tracking by Google Maps and the metadata stored by an iPhone camera, of which I say that “ ….you do of course have to remember to ask for it”.
On the day of publication, up pops a source which I knew about but did not fully understand in an article found by Michael Arkfeld and put on Twitter. It is called Hidden iPhone feature tracks your every move and concerns the “Frequent locations” feature in an iPhone (and, I see on looking at mine, also on an iPad).
That set me off looking at what my devices know about me, something I have written about before. It bears repetition and expansion, however, and I will do that in a separate post.
Meanwhile, my thanks to Laurence Eastham and the SCL. Laurence is the dream editor by the way – he picks up the errors and leaves the rest alone. One of my unspoken predictions for 2016 is that I will get into a row with an editor, probably American, who thinks that his or her choice of words and punctuation is better than mine. I can safely predict it, because it happens every year.