The New E-discovery Regulations...who, me?

As the eCommerce Manager, I get every newsletter ever created that has to do with the Internet. Typically, I do a quick scan and move on...but this article caught my eye: New Rules Force Firms to Track E-Mails, IMs. The article talks about the new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) relating to e-discovery regulations that went into effect on Friday, December 1.

Immediate panic disorder sets in - do I just confess that I emailed an "I love you" to my sweetie, downloaded a coupon for free Wendy's french fries and bookmarked the Broward County Schools website, this morning alone?

So what now? Do I call the IT or Legal Department to see if they're aware of this and taking steps to make sure we're in compliance with the law? Does this even apply to my company? I know what you were thinking...they don't mean me. I'm not a big public company. Sheesh, I don't even have an IT or Legal Department.

Right now, I couldn't tell you the answer. But don't worry, I've already forwarded it on to IT and Legal to find out. And I also sent it to the Product Development Legal Research team...I figured if I'm unclear whether it applies to me or not, then you might need some help, too.

In the meantime, what the heck do you do when you hear about some new law that may or may not be related to your business? How often do you blow it off thinking it's for the Enrons of the world or jump on the phone to your lawyer to make sure he's got you covered?

- Helene Kopel, eCommerce Manager

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