Given the exponential growth of information and the data-dependent nature of companies, there is a corresponding urgency for companies to implement information governance practices to get their “data houses in order.” Retaining outside counsel to coordinate the preemptive institution of strategic information governance projects can help create the attorney-client privilege and prevent the discovery of potentially harmful corporate communications.

Companies frequently look to specialized third-party consultants to investigate and comprehend the complex intricacies of their computer networks, data privacy, network security, and information management practices. Outside counsel’s direct retention of these consultants makes it more likely that communications between the consultants, the company, and outside counsel are protected by privilege.

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