eDiscovery news roundup: Onna, Relativity, Hanzo, FTI Consulting, HaystackID and Reveal

Last week saw a flurry of eDiscovery news to coincide with Legalweek’s virtual conference, albeit the week was much quieter than normal. Here are some of the biggest stories.


Onna has launched a UK-hosted instance of its eDiscovery and Knowledge Integration Platform.

This expansion provides Onna’s customers with the ability to host data within the Onna platform in line with UK data residency and data protection regulations such as GDPR. Customers who have operations in the UK will now be able to utilize Onna’s powerful connectivity and data management functions, safe in the knowledge that their data is being hosted in the same country.

For Onna, this is the first regional instance of the technology outside of North America and brings the Onna technology offering to a more international customer base.

The addition of the UK operation will be available from February 2021 and will be hosted in the Google Cloud Platform region in London, UK.

Russ Grant, vice president of revenue at Onna, commented, “The UK instance of Onna brings our eDiscovery technology closer to customers in the UK, and allows us to meet their data residency requirements in line with the data protection and privacy rules in the region.” He added, “We are providing our customers with more choice. If they do not wish to have any data transferred to the US for processing or hosting, they now have the option to use the Onna UK instance. This will allow customers engaged in eDiscovery and data management projects on content hosted in the UK the ability to undertake this work without having to worry about the legal implications of transferring this data to the US.”

North America

Relativity announced at Legalweek that it will add redaction solution Milyli’s Blackout, to RelativityOne. Moving forward, the solution offering automated image and native redactions will be known as RelativityOne Redact, embedded into the simply powerful user experience with Aero UI and available as a standard feature in March for all RelativityOne customers at no cost.

“We are excited to bring this landmark application to RelativityOne customers as it truly unlocks the full power of RelativityOne’s user experience,” said Mike Gamson, Chief Executive Officer at Relativity. “In the world of e-discovery and compliance, data privacy is of paramount importance, and fully integrating a comprehensive application like RelativityOne Redact provides our customers with the strongest solution for complex redaction in one secure cloud platform.”

“RelativityOne Redact will allow us to offer a more streamlined approach to redaction for our attorneys, saving our firm time and money while reducing margin for error. This feature is critical to us,” said John Hogan, director of litigation support at DLA Piper. “Relativity continues to provide the industry-leading tools we need to strengthen our e-discovery capabilities so we can focus on what’s most important to us – serving our clients.”

FTI Consulting has expanded its partnership with Relativity to provide its cloud-based e-discovery solution RelativityOne in Canada.

FTI says that in Canada, organizations are facing a myriad of new e-discovery challenges, particularly around Canadian Competition Bureau investigations and complex supplementary information requests in the merger clearance process.

As part of the Competition Bureau’s efforts to increase antitrust oversight in the digital age, it recently announced a cooperation framework with the U.S., UK, Australia and New Zealand, further raising the regulatory stakes for multinational companies seeking M&A approvals in those countries. Experts expect this to lead to an uptick in the volume, cost and complexity of conducting e-discovery in response to global merger investigations.

“In many countries, increased regulatory enforcement and oversight are on the horizon for 2021. As we help our clients prepare for a likely increase in merger control investigations and other high-stakes e-discovery matters, we are adopting the solutions necessary to ensure they have access to the most sophisticated and efficient e-discovery tools available,” said David Meadows, a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Technology segment. “Relativity has helped us provide improved e-discovery outcomes and cost savings for clients worldwide. The addition of RelativityOne in Canada strengthens our SaaS portfolio and flexibility in addressing any e-discovery challenges our clients face.”

Over the last two years, FTI Technology has expanded its Relativity managed e-discovery services across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The addition of these offerings in Canada furthers the firm’s reach in helping legal teams in the region deal with e-discovery challenges and cost containment for local and cross-border matters of all sizes.

Thompson Knight, the Dallas-based, full-service law firm, has engaged Reveal to supply end-to-end solutions. Thompson Knight will take full advantage of Reveal’s platform, which includes processing, early case assessment, AI, review, production functionality and customizable API-enabled back-end, along with visual analytics.

Reveal recently merged with Brainspace and you can read that story here: https://legaltechnology.com/reveal-and-brainspace-merge-backed-by-200m-from-k1/

“Reveal’s unique set of artificial intelligence and analytics tools allow our attorneys to navigate and identify key documents very early in the eDiscovery process, thus providing great value to our clients,” says Kevin Clark, litigation support manager at Thompson Knight. “With the addition of NexLP and Brainspace to complement their already robust review technology, Reveal is at the top of the list when it comes to innovation in the legal technology industry.”

Hanzo has announced the beta release of Hanzo Hold for Google Workspace (G Suite) with select customers, with general availability in April.

Features include:

Interface controls both Google Workspace and Slack: One interface controlling collaborative tools, data preservation and data collection.
Google Vault control:  Connect to Google Workspace with a better user experience for Google Vault allowing Legal Ops to issue holds and perform collections through Hanzo Hold.
Targeted data collections: Reduce overall collection sizes by precisely defining custodians (users) and their data by using visual tools such as Google Drive Explorer along with date filters. Users can select the exact Drive information they need to collect from any custodian down to the individual file level.
Enhanced file metadata: Hanzo provides visibility to extended metadata beyond what is available via Google Vault, thereby providing better search capabilities once a file is collected.
Full data indexing and search capabilities: Full text and metadata available creating more precise search returns. Provides greater search depth than Google Search/Vault alone giving users more accurate and complete search results.
View file versions and history: View file history and previous versions to access more file information. Provides more accuracy and better granular control over document versioning and user edit history.
File tagging: Organize data and have more control over data within the system and greater accuracy when exporting information.
Review ready exports: Exports complete with full metadata, native files, and text virtually eliminate the need to index data inside review platforms such as Relativity saving complexity, time, and money.

“Hanzo Hold for Google Workspace is born from customers requesting easy-to-use solutions for managing discovery for both Google Workspace and Slack collaboration data,” said Senior Product Manager, Dave Ruel. “ Through Hanzo Hold, we’re providing enterprises one interface to control the data preservation and collection of these collaborative platforms and we’re providing customers solutions to simplify the unique challenges of dynamic, complex data sources — saving time, training costs, and the need for multiple systems.”

HaystackID has unveiled a new portfolio of 3.0 security enhancements.

“The need for secure remote work has never been greater. But every matter has different policy and security needs, and we are adapting our technology accordingly,” said HaystackID chief information security officer and president of forensics John Wilson. “For those organizations needing the most secure technology out there, 3.0 provides them with that extra protection ensuring that only the authorized user can access their data.”

The new offering from HaystackID consists of three different customizable packages. For those needing the most secure protections, the elite level uses revolutionary biometric AI technology and features the latest in webcam identity verification technology, including the detection of unauthorized users/objects (cameras/phones) and tracking of the user’s movements and focus. All three levels ensure connection, communication and compliance with the most stringent legal and regulatory security and privacy requirements.

“Security has always been an essential part of our remote review. But since we first offered it in 2014, we have had to adapt to rapidly changing security risks,” said Matt Daimler, HaystackID’s senior vice president and general manager of review services. “Now increased cyber threats and exponential growth in remote work due to the pandemic have driven the need for even greater protection. Our 3.0 platform is the next step in that evolution using cutting-edge, next-generation technology.”

HaystackID’s 3.0 enhancements provide a layered approach to review security, ensuring access to a tailored set of features for remote review requirements. The technology generations include:

First generation > Adaptation – Secured the connectivity through infrastructure.
Second generation > Integration – Coordinated security and communications protocols and processes.
Third generation > Optimization – Uses latest technology and extended security to compliance.

Last month, HaystackID launched its ReviewRight Protect service to provide companies with faster, more efficient data breach discovery and review.