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Lucy L. Thomson is an attorney and principal of Livingston PLLC, a Washington, DC, law firm that focuses on issues at the intersection of law and technology, particularly cybersecurity and global data privacy. Ms. Thomson is Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech). A career federal criminal prosecutor at the US Department of Justice and a former senior engineer at a global technology company, she pioneered the use of electronic evidence at trial in complex white-collar crime and landmark civil rights cases. She founded and co-chairs the ABA SciTech e-discovery and digital evidence (EDDE) committee, and is editor of the ABA best-selling Data Breach and Encryption Handbook (2011).
In the future, the most important evidence may be created on a mobile device. Information technology has caused a paradigm shift in the way individuals and organizations communicate—and create, collect, share, and store—data and information. Advanced technologies ranging from mobile devices to satellites1 are providing sophisticated ways to document daily events, resulting in an expansive collection of invaluable records. Millions of people are now creating documentation that may become “evidence” in cases around the world.