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John Martin Quoted on Navigating Discovery of Data from Internet-Connected Devices

April 10, 2014

The Internet of Things refers to the increasing number of everyday objects that are being connected to the Internet.  There has been a recent explosion of Internet connected appliances and wearable devices that are continuing to grow in popularity.

These Internet connected devices have certainly raised privacy concerns, and now, many expect that the sensitive data being collected could be used in civil and criminal litigation moving forward.

John Martin, partner and practice leader for Nelson Mullins Encompass, a division of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, commented, “As we connect more and more devices through the Internet and store that information, that's going to hasten the explosion of the rate of data being introduced into litigation. “

Martin also observed that one of the main challenges of using data gleaned from Internet-connected devices would be determining whether the sought-after information could be ascertained from a more easily accessible source.

“We've seen an uptick in requests for different types of digital devices lately, and in most cases, it turns out that those devices don't contain anything that's particularly unique,” he said. “Navigating discovery that includes data from Internet-connected devices will require lots of discipline and smart judgment calls by the counsel and the courts to sort through irrelevant requests and focus the parties on trying or resolving the case.”

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