Panama Papers: The Ultimate eDiscovery Case Study?
The Panama Papers — a massive leak of documents that may reveal how a rogue industry hides political and criminal money — is evolving into a real-time case study in data privacy, security and eDiscovery techniques within the legal vertical.
The 11.5 million documents, which date back four decades, are allegedly connected to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, notes CNN. While offshore accounts aren’t necessarily illegal, the Panama Papers may reveal illegal activities for many of the end clients — some of which Mossack Fonseca may not even know by name.
According to CNN:
“The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and an international coalition of media outlets investigated the trove of papers, which allegedly reveal a clandestine network involving associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and business ties between a member of FIFA’s ethics committee and men whom the United States has indicted for corruption.”
Panama Papers and eDiscovery
So what’s the tie back to the IT channel? The answer involves privacy and security within the legal vertical — and eDiscovery technologies that allow investigators to organize, index and search information.
A case in point: Nuix supplied document processing and investigation technology that was essential to the Panama Papers investigation conducted by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the ICIJ, Nuix claims.