Survival Tips with Kelly Twigger of ESI Attorneys – Collecting IoT Data and the Severed Hand Wrinkle

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Matt from ESI Survival Guide and eDiscovery expert Kelly Twigger discuss some of the unique issues that surround collecting data from Internet of Things devices.

Kelly notes that while IoT data is problematic, if we think about it from a source standpoint (i.e., where the information goes to live) it can become a little more familiar. She then offers viewers a survival tip:

Survival Tip #1 – When it comes to IoT devices, it’s important to understand each individual device. Important questions to consider are:

  • – What data types are available on that device?
  • – How does that device store data?
  • – How is data managed on that device?

Kelly walks us through a pretty intense anecdote that brings a whole new meaning to “sinking” IoT devices to the cloud, and how a severed hand can throw unique wrinkles into the Internet of Things.

She concludes this section by highlighting the importance of working with professionals that understand how IoT data is stored on and maintained by various devices, how those services change over time and what new types of data are involved.


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Written by Matthew Knouff

Matthew F. Knouff, Esq., CIPP/US, CEDS, RCSP, Sr. Solutions Consultant, Legility LLC Matthew has been navigating the ESI and data law wilderness for over fifteen years as an attorney, consultant and academic. He currently serves as a Sr. Solutions Consultant with Legility LLC., an award-winning global provider of eDiscovery and data management services and technology. He is an expert in eDiscovery law and process, global data privacy and the movement of data across borders. In addition to contributing to and holding leadership positions with several organizations dedicated to supporting the legal profession, he has developed numerous CLE programs and assessment tools, and frequently speaks and writes on various topics related to the intersection of data, law and technology. He holds the CIPP/US, CEDS and RCSP certifications, is an avid distance runner, an active board member with Education Through Music, a Tarheel through and through, a life-long musician and an obsessive autodidact. Matthew lives with his son in New York City.

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