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Surviving a Subpoena

How to survive a subpoena of your electronic data

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This story appears in the June 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The department of Justice's demand earlier this year that Google turn over customer search records has thrown a spotlight on data privacy. The Feds aren't the only ones seeking a peek--electronic-privacy consultant Ray Everett-Church says lawyers often seek electronic records to build their cases.

Google's case may have nothing to do with your business. But if your company has electronic data, a court can subpoena it. Fighting a court order can be costly, but handing over your database can expose trade secrets and leave customers feeling violated.

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