Technical Translation Services for ECPA Compliance
We’ve blogged about professional legal document translation services and global legal issues related to cloud computing. In late 2011the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that brings a much needed level of clarity to defining and protecting the e-discovery rights of non-US nationals utilizing US online services. According to Suzlon Energy Ltd. V. Microsoft Corporation, emails stored on services located within the US, regardless of the user’s location or nationality, are protected by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which ensures that the disclosure of emails by electronic communication service providers is limited and restricted to specific circumstances.
As a result of this decision, it is now clear that any user with an account in a US-held cloud service will be subject to the same protections under the provisions of the ECPA as any US citizen. Of course this does create some challenges related to multilingual document translations.. When the user is located in a foreign country there will be a need for foreign language translations of all contracts and related documents.