Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection in Dublin with the Sedona Conference
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Posted by: Deja Miller
Extract from Chris Dales' article "Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection in Dublin with the Sedona Conference"
I am back from the Ninth Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection Laws organised by The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 (Sedona Working Groups are explained here). It took place in County Kildare, just outside Dublin on 20 to 21 June, and if I seem slow at writing about it, that is not just because of the principle that “what is said at Sedona stays in Sedona”.
Just as compelling a disincentive to settle down and write about is the mass of useful material, both written and oral, which is made available to WG6 members. How can one start summarising all that? The whole thing is a deep immersion in cross-border discovery and data protection which is unmatched anywhere else. It serves both as a top-up and a stimulus, with a skilled faculty pointing the way forward as well as summarising what has already happened.
Although Sedona’s rule is not a bar to non-attributable summary, I am going to spare myself, and you, any attempt to report on what was said. The agenda is publicly available, and you will see from it that the GDPR, the EU–US Privacy Shield, the extraterritorial reach of (mainly) US authorities, practical approaches for corporate counsel, jurisdictions beyond the EU, and ISO standards were all subjects for discussion.
In addition, there were sessions on Sedona’s own documents – we were guided through the updated International Litigation Principles (Transitional Edition) and the new International Investigations Principles (Public Comment version). The event materials are available to any Sedona Working Group member, and the modest subscription is worth paying just to get access to them.
Why does this matter to you? Even if you have no international business at all, as an organisation or law firm, the GDPR is coming to you, and in less than a year. The UK government has announced its intention of abiding by its terms both before Brexit (as it must anyway) and afterwards – an announcement to this effect was made while we were in Dublin.
Read the full article here