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H7b1 Unveils an Innovative Data Protection Review Platform
H7b1 data privacy anonymization and de-identification technology now integrated into a full data protection review solution
GENEVA, Switzerland (7 September 2011) – Swiss Group H7b1 (www.h7b1.com), the forerunner of the litigation technology practice on continental Europe, announces the integration of its de-identification and anonymization technology into an extended redaction review solution that provides full spectrum data protection support.
In the frame of cross-border disclosures, corporations and their counsel often need to protect portions of the “to-be-produced” documents due to privilege, trade secrets, data privacy, and other legal grounds before disclosing and transferring information abroad.
Due to the broad spectrum of “intra document data” to be protected for EU and Swiss data privacy compliance, document redaction (“blackboxing”) efforts in Europe are sometimes large-scale. These efforts often become time, cost and compliance sensitive for corporations. In 2005, H7b1 developed and implemented an advanced technology solution to support lawyers in their “anonymisation” and “de-identification” efforts for data privacy compliance in the document databases of cross-border legal matters.
The redaction review platform announced today is an enhanced version of this technology, and has been developed in cooperation with the Lemanic Institute of Technology (LIT), H7b1’s research & development unit.
This platform has the scalability to handle virtually any of data set size. Furthermore, it can be easily customized on a case-by-case basis to follow various guidelines not only related to data privacy but also to any type of investigation-critical data protection rules, such as privileged, trade secrets or country-related privacy guidelines.
Data Protection for Cross-Border Disclosures
“It should be no surprise that the usage of this U.S.-inspired litigation technology practice by a true continental European vendor such as H7b1 brings significant data protection enhancements to the global litigation and forensic practice” explains Rafik Abboud, H7b1’s CEO. “Five years after the initial version of the redaction tool, we felt it very timely to integrate our unique European experience into this new solution”, he added.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, H7b1 operates litigation technology service centers in Paris, Geneva, Zurich and Budapest, as well as mobile operations throughout Europe. Our firm combines appropriate pricing, internationally recognized expertise, proven technologies and the personal attention of a boutique legal technology service firm. We provide services in the area of litigation technology, digital forensics and data advisory.
H7b1 partners with IPRO Tech Inc. (www.iprotech.com), developers of the IPRO Suite of advanced imaging products, Equivio (www.equivio.com), developers of de-duplication software and LexisNexis Concordance (www.lexisnexis.com/concordance), manufacturer of the litigation management software Concordance, Concordance Image, and Concordance FYI. For more information, please visit our website at (www.h7b1.com).
About the LIT
Created in 2009, the Lemanic Institute of Technology ("LIT") is the research and development unit of the H7b1 Group. The unit’s research and development goals focus on appropriately incorporating forensic and litigation technology practices into the European legal and compliance system.. For more information, please visit our website at ( www.h7b1.com/lit).