New Data: Employee Data Habits May Increase Corporate Legal Risk

By David Horrigan

This article originally appeared on Law360.

In our daily work lives, we see a fair amount of anecdotal evidence indicating many of us engage in workplace behaviors that put our personal privacy and company data at risk.

But, how serious is the problem?

To find out, kCura recently commissioned a Harris Poll survey conducted between December 28, 2016, and January 18, 2017, included 1,013 U.S. adults age 18 and over who were employed full-time or part-time, working in a traditional office setting for at least 50 percent of the time (referred to as “employees” throughout) to get a better idea of just what employee behaviors may be putting corporate enterprises—and themselves—at risk.

To those of us who work in e-discovery law, the results probably come as little surprise. The news for the corporate enterprise is somewhat ominous: the era of big data for employees could lead to big risk for employers.

In this article, David Horrigan digs deep into the Harris Poll results, addressing aspects such as:

Phantom Policies and Procedures
Employee-grown Data
Personal Privacy and Legal Liability
Why the Survey Conducted by Harris Poll Matters


To read the article in full, click here to head over to the Relativity Blog.


Method statement: This survey was conducted online in the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of kCura, makers of Relativity, between December 28, 2016 and January 18, 2017. The research was conducted among 1,013 adults age 18+ who are employed full-time or part-time, not a freelancer, and works in a traditional office setting for at least 50% of the time. Figures for age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

David Horrigan is the e-discovery counsel and legal content director at Relativity. An attorney, law school guest lecturer, e-discovery industry analyst, and award-winning journalist, David has served as counsel at the Entertainment Software Association, reporter and assistant editor at The National Law Journal, and analyst and counsel at 451 Research.