Examining the Role of Social Media in the Cloud
The New Year promises to bring new developments in the areas of cloud technology and social media, and many industry experts expect these developments will significantly affect how corporations marshal their electronic data. Three articles have come out in the last week examining the role of social media in the cloud and how cloud technology could ultimately affect the business world.
An article by Aaron D. Crews for Computerworld.com, "In Civil Litigation, 'Private' Social Media is not Private," illustrates how social media could be exploited in civil litigation. Despite users' presumption of "private" social interaction on websites such as Facebook, the public nature of the postings makes the interaction highly discoverable for use in the courtroom.
"Cloud Computing in Social Media: Electronic Discovery Concerns and Considerations" details the burgeoning relationship between cloud technology and social media. The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel article, written by Ashish S. Prasad, looks into the inherent risks of cloud technology and how social media's role in cloud technology could potentially expose confidential and proprietary information. The second part of the article deals with the discoverability of this cloud information and the best practices for utilizing the cloud and social media without exposing your company to unwanted risks.
The third article worth reading is a piece on Law.com by Ben Barnett and Regan Hunt Crotty. The article, "For E-Discovery, Don't Get Caught with Your Head in the Cloud," examines e-Discovery's role in managing cloud data. The first half of the article talks to the control and jurisdictional issues companies face when remotely housing corporate data. The second half of the article details data retention and preservation issues that should be considered when considering a cloud solution. Each of these articles bring a different perspective to how the advancements in cloud technology are rapidly evolving traditional notions of privacy and how we can protect ourselves while still keeping pace.