Metadata and Redaction Risks – To Scrub or Not To Scrub and How

Date: June 12 2019 CLE Credits: 2 General

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Rebroadcast - June 12th, 2019

  • 12:00-2:15pm PST / 1:00-3:15pm MST / 2:00-4:15pm CST / 3:00-5:15pm EST

This program was recorded on February 21st, 2019

In a recent court filing in the Mueller probe, Paul Manafort’s counsel failed to properly electronically redact some key sensitive information. That highly publicized redaction fail showed dramatically how a lawyer’s redaction mistake can harm his/her client.

Metadata, which exists in and around every electronic document, message, post and smartphone call, puts a law firm (or a legal department) and a client at risk. Privileged, confidential and/or highly sensitive, confidential information can be exposed. Metadata can reveal information such as a document’s author, original “Title”, creation and modification dates, embedded comments, and substantive changes made.

This webinar will be chock full of real-time demos from the presenter’s Desktop. You will learn how you can do your best to protect your clients and your law firm or law department by avoiding common mistakes related to various populated fields buried in an electronic document, “track changes”, PDF conversions, redactions and electronic discovery.  



  • Robert D. Brownstone
    Robert D. Brownstone has been an attorney for over 30 years. He is also a long-term technologist, thought leader and law school adjunct professor. For almost 20 years, Robert has practiced at Silicon-Valley-based Fenwick & West LLP, where he been the Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Electronic-Information-Management (EIM) Group Chair since 2011. Working out of the firm’s San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley Center offices, Robert advises clients and colleagues on electronic-discovery, information-security, data-privacy (including GDPR), retention-destruction policies and social-media risks and rewards. Since 2002, he has been a nationwide advisor, conference-chair, speaker, writer and press resource on many electronic information topics. Over the past decade, Robert has taught more than ten Electronic Discovery Law & Process courses at four law schools around the country.

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      • 2 General Credits
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    1. You will learn:
      1. How to protect against confidential metadata’s risks, including malpractice, breaches of confidentiality and ethical violations.
      2. How to make your electronic documents metadata-free.
      3. The do's and don'ts of electronic redaction.
      4. How to warn your colleagues, staff and clients about the dangers of the “mobile gap,” location-tracking, and the “accidental cloud”.
      5. How to deal with opposing counsel's and adverse parties' metadata that has fallen into your lap.
      6. How to handle the discoverability in litigation of metadata in client-created electronic documents, including guarding against attorney-client privilege waivers
    2. The main topic areas in this webinar will be:
      1. Day-to-Day Issues for Lawyers
      2. Newer, Evolving Threats
      3. Lawyer Ethics of Inadvertent Disclosures
      4. eDiscovery – Client-Created Native Files – Broad Overview

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