With demand for privacy professionals continuing to grow, some may be looking to e-discovery professionals to fill the role. In theory, it should be a natural progression given how e-discovery is evolving into a more holistic discipline. But the transition is by no means seamless—if there are even e-discovery professionals to spare.

Jack Thompson, assistant director of global e-discovery and legal operations at Sanofi, opined that privacy is “replacing” e-discovery as a focus in-house due to the complications that a complex web of international privacy laws imposes on litigation-related data transfers.