Federal Rules Meets James Bond

A number of my friends and colleagues hailing from the legal community as well as insurance and real estate have asked me why I am so excited about CertifiedTrue.com

I have done my best to succinctly explain how CertifiedTrue.com elegantly solves a real world problem. My friends that are litigators immediately ‘get it’ – like in nanoseconds. Those who adjudicate insurance claims get the value proposition just as quickly. Problem solvers who have to think on their feet understand when a problem is solved.

And it makes sense to have a more secure method for capturing, storing and authenticating a digital photo as well as a means of certifying “when” and “where” the photo was taken (and effectively who).

Those who make their bread and butter relying on such evidence get this – especially when they grasp how fundamentally unreliable digital photographs really are and the extent of the fraud in this area.

Others just get that it is state of the art tech and I have been told on more than one occasion that the fact that we have a former British Army Cryptographer digging in on this is “frickin cool.” At least that is the thread of the conversation my young son seemed to care about.

So anyway the other day as I do most every day I received in my in box a LegalTech “Daily Alert.” Great publication!

I usually peruse it for useful tidbits. Being involved with a LegalTech solution that has one foot in the #insurtech, one in #blockchain and another in #govtech – well I try and stay up to speed.

In any case I read with keen interest an article written by Maureen O’Neill (an acknowledged expert on discovery) that I immediately recognized might make my job of explaining our product and use case a little easier. The full article can be accessed here LEGAL TECH NEWS Admissibility Federal Rule-of-Evidence-902

O’Neil thoughtfully looks at the implications of amendments made to F.R.E. 902. It is worth the read. What caught my eye especially was one of the expanded category for self-authenticating evidence.

O’Neil observation that“[u]nder these new sections of Rule 902, instead of using witness testimony to authenticate records generated by an electronic system or data copied from electronic devices or files, the party offering the evidence may provide a certification from a person with knowledge that the evidence is authentic….Examples of the types of evidence that fall under Rule 902(13) — records generated by an “electronic process or system that produces an accurate result”… logs and registries, system-generated metadata and automated geolocation data.”

When we conceptualized CertifiedTrue this is exactly what we had in mind – development of technology so thoroughly and unarguably reliable that it would eventually become universally accepted; potentially forgoing the need for an actual witness or further verification.

Our salesy pitch for CertifiedTrue has been that it will provide trustworthy photo documentation that is block chain verified and securely stored for later use by legal, insurance and real estate professionals.

My friends who work in these industries will appreciate O’Neil’s synopsis of these developments and observations about the potential implications. My tech savvy friends will appreciate the implications of what we are doing with CertifiedTrue.

My son thinks that my even knowing a retired British Army Cryptographer is like knowing 007. Wait until I tell him our CEO has just met with a guy from the NSA (who is a cryptocurrency and block chain expert).

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

VJ Tabone