Shhh - the Internet is listening: Has technology eroded Attorney-Client Privilege and what can You do about it?

Karine Tatoyan, , E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Vince Catanzaro, Senior Counsel, Global Discovery Manager, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

The year 1912 marked the first time that mail was delivered by airplane. Now, 100 years later, mail is sent with the click of a button, instantly delivered to a designated recipient. The advent of the Internet and its global immersion has rapidly changed the means by which society communicates. Communications that were once personalized in handwritten notes and materialized through poetic phrases has evolved into a culture of electronic communication shortened by acronyms such as “LOL,” “TTYL,” and “BTW.” With almost 2.3 billion Internet users, communication through electronic media has become commonplace, with each message transmitted nonchalantly through cyberspace. The casual nature of the Internet has disguised significant concerns associated with its use. In the instance, when a message is sent from one device to another, a user is unaware of its locality, security and longevity. Many users, in fact, are ignorant to issues of privacy and data protection that consistently threaten the confidentiality of personal information. These technological threats do not only affect individual users, but also create adverse consequences for some of the most powerful companies in the world. Communications that once received protection through traditional doctrines such as attorney-client privilege are now susceptible to disclosure, forcing companies worldwide to reevaluate the applicable safeguards in electronic transmissions that could fail to adequately protect confidential information.

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USA Data Protection Industry July 2012 Vol. 5, No. 20, Summer 2012

Karine Tatoyan


Karine Tatoyan is a 2012 graduate of Widener University School of Law with a Bachelors of Science from the Villanova School of Business. At Widener Law, Karine focused on International and Business related subjects, earning her The Lucinda Peipher Memorial Award, an academic achievement award for outstanding performance in International & Business Law. Karine also competed in the 2012 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. Born in Ukraine, Karine’s interests in international affairs began with her move to the United States in 1992. Growing up in Philadelphia, she witnessed the culmination of various cultures, where she often acted as an interpreter for her grandparents, translating English into Russian. As a result, she became interested in the interactions between cultures. While at Villanova, Karine continued this trend, where she minored in Spanish Studies and was awarded entry into the Spanish Honors Society. Throughout her academic career, Karine has held several internship positions that have given her the opportunity to apply her learned skills. Most recently, Karine completed a yearlong Public Interest Externship with DuPont Legal, where she worked in the Discovery Excellence Center on a plethora of electronic-discovery issues. As a recent law school graduate, Karine hopes to utilize her knowledge of language and culture to pursue a career in international business law.

Vince Catanzaro


Vincent M. Catanzaro is Senior Counsel, Global Discovery Manager for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. In this role, Vince is responsible for counseling the Company concerning how best to comply with evolving legal standards relating to discovery, guiding and supporting the legal teams in the development of e-discovery response strategies and the use of litigation technology, coordinating, managing and monitoring the work of the Company’s discovery vendors and overseeing DuPont Legal’s Discovery Excellence Center. Before assuming this role, Vince worked with various DuPont litigation groups specializing in discovery management and consulting on the development of DuPont’s Discovery Policies and Guidelines. Prior to joining DuPont, Vince practiced in suburban Philadelphia where he concentrated on Construction Litigation on the state and federal level. He represented a diverse client base from industry suppliers to individual contractors in contract disputes, design interpretation, zoning matters and sales agreements. A dual citizen of both the United States and Italy, Vince has been active in community, cultural and professional organizations as he is currently a member of the National Italian American Bar Association and National Order of the Sons of Italy. He is a current member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, a former faculty member of the Georgetown Law School Advanced e-Discovery Institute and Academy, a member of the Richard Herrmann Technology Inn of Court and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Vince recently co-authored an article for the ACC Docket Magazine with Jonathan Redgrave, entitled, “Managing the Emerging Business and Legal Realities of Social Media in Corporate America”. Vince received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law where he served on the Student Bar Association and the Legal Skills Committee. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the State of Delaware for the limited practice of law as in-house counsel.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company


E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.

USA Data Protection Industry July 2012 Vol. 5, No. 20, Summer 2012

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