In the last two years, the term “cloud computing” has infiltrated the mainstream press (although the concept has existed for years). More and more businesses are embracing this way of thinking about information technology. And if the seminar circuit is any evidence, the legal world has awoken to the myriad challenges of cloud computing.

One challenge that corporate counsel should be pondering today is what cloud computing means for civil discovery. The “cloud” represents a potential mother lode of electronically stored information — both in terms of discoverable data and legal issues. Lawyers should be working hand-in-hand with IT and business resources to ensure that risks are minimized without erasing the tremendous efficiencies of cloud computing.

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