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Here’s Another Updated Commentary from The Sedona Conference: eDiscovery Best Practices

Last Friday, we covered one updated commentary from The Sedona Conference® (TSC) and promised to cover another one this week.  Consider our promise kept!  :o)

On January 10, TSC and its Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability (WG11) announced the publication of the January 2020 final version of The Sedona Conference Incident Response Guide.

The mission of WG11 is to identify and comment on trends in data security and privacy law in an effort to help organizations prepare for and respond to data breaches, and to assist attorneys and judicial officers in resolving questions of legal liability and damages.  WG11 developed the Incident Response Guide to provide a comprehensive but practical guide to help practitioners and organizations deal with the multitude of legal, technical, and policy issues that arise whenever a data breach occurs.

The Incident Response Guide is intended to help organizations prepare and implement an incident response plan and, more generally, to understand the information that drives the development of such a plan. It has been created by thought leaders in the industry and reflects both the practical lessons learned and legal experience gained by the drafters from direct experience responding to incidents, from representation of affected clients, and from the promulgation of rules and guidelines on national and international levels, and is intended to provide general guidance on the topic.

A couple of interesting and curious things about this guide, compared to other TSC guides we’ve covered in the past:

  • The Public Comment version of the Guide was developed way back in March 2018, almost two years ago
  • The guide starts on page 124 and goes to page 262?!? At least in the version I just downloaded this weekend.  Hmmm…

Regardless, there are essentially seven parts in the 139-page(!) (PDF) Commentary (after the Introduction, Part I), plus six appendices.  The Guide covers various topics like pre-incident planning, the incident response plan and executing it, key collateral issues and basic notification requirements.  The appendices include a Model Incident Response Plan and Model Notification Letter and Model Attorney General Breach Notification examples.

You can download a copy of the Commentary here (login required, which is free).  BTW, do you know how many states have security breach notification laws?  You might be surprised!

So, what do you think?  Does your organization have a incident response plan for data security?  As always, please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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