Boston Red Sox Caught Using Apple Watches to Steal Signals from Yankees During Games

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“Boston Red Sox Used Spy Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees!” It’s a headline that you could imagine being in a 1950’s comic book, but in 2017 this type of thing has become fairly normal. In this case, the New York Times reported on how the Red Sox were using Apple Watches to steal signs from the Yankees’ catcher. Stealing signs has always been a part of baseball, and it’s accepted as long as it’s done with the human eye (usually, when a runner gets on second base and can see the catcher’s signals). Binoculars and electronic devices aren’t allowed. But my guess is, when the rule was created, the writers imagined electronic devices being obvious and recognizable. Not wristwatches.

A similar issue is happening in the legal world with the proliferation of new data types. More and more data sources are showing up as evidence in court cases, not just email or document files stored on a computer. Mobile and app-based messaging, social media posts, and more recently, IoT data sources are appearing in discovery requests. That’s why it’s important for e-discovery teams to get out in front of things and determine what types of data they have, where it lives, and how it can be preserved and collected in case litigation arises. After that, policies and procedures need to be put in place, along with open lines of communication between all parties that would be involved: Legal, IT, and Business Units.

This is where technology can come into play. By using a data mapping tool, Legal and IT can quickly and easily collaborate when responding to document production requests. Data mapping also reduces costs and workload with the early identification of unneeded data sources (which can then be defensibly deleted) while improving the accuracy of finding relevant ESI during litigation.

New data types will continue to grow – so don’t wait until it’s too late to find out what exists in your organization!

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