Under the Wire – Late-breaking News to End 2011 on a High Note

Wedged in between holiday parties, the legal technology world is still chugging away with breaking news.  Here’s a roundup of top stories from the past week or so…

–          IP information management provider First To File passed its SSAE 16 audit for the third year in a row, without exception.  The completion of the SOC 1 (SSAE 16) Type II examination asserts that the company has maintained the most stringent controls needed to provide the highest quality and security of services to their customers.

According to First To File’s CEO James Bergeron, “SSAE 16 certification is the gold standard in customer protection and transparency and we are proud to have achieved this distinction.  Our clients will benefit from our continued adherence to the SSAE guidelines, and we are committed to upholding these principles for years to come.”

–          Cloud-based Clio released results of its Apple in Law Firms Survey, which show iPads and iPhones gaining market-share while Blackberry continues to falter.  Co-sponsored by MILOfest, this year’s results show that Apple products continue to have strong and increasing traction with small firm lawyers at the expense of previously dominant legal technology players, such as Research in Motion.

Widely-used products in the survey included iPhones, used by 60.9% of respondents; Dropbox, used by 25% of respondents; iCloud, seeing high adoption at 15%; and Android phones with usage at 13%.  Evernote, a note-taking app not included in last year’s survey, debuted at 14% usage.  OpenOffice had gained 2 percentage points since last year, showing that open source technology is appealing to solo and small law firms.  Clio showed a 22% adoption rate, more than double the 2010 adoption rate.

–          Informative Graphics Corp. announced that the Detroit PD’s Homicide Division has installed its Redact-It electronic redaction software.  Redact-It allows Detroit Homicide’s officers to quickly search for privacy information in electronic police reports and completely remove that data before sharing the documents with outside parties like the media.

Homicide Investigator Dwight Pearson explains, “In the Homicide unit, people’s lives and reputations are often at stake, so there is no room for error in handling sensitive information.  Redact-It software has completely modernized and streamlined the redaction process within our department.  We are not only saving time but are also serving the needs of Detroit citizens who trust us to protect them, and conduct our work quickly and diligently. I would highly recommend Redact-It to any law enforcement agency seeking a better way to redact.”

Have a safe and wonderfully technical holiday. Enjoy your tablets and smartphones, but remember to untether yourself to enjoy your families.

Dave Glynn

~ by CDLB on December 23, 2011.

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