Nelson is a U.S. attorney who has done a lot of work in the area of data privacy and global compliance. Nelson is a strong advocate of preventive law and believes that "it costs a lot less to prevent a fire than it costs to put the fire out when it starts raging."

Nelson has a litigation background and applies his vast experience while reviewing and advising on global data privacy and compliance issues. Nelson conducts privacy impact assessments on new initiatives and trains staff on compliance guidelines.

1. Is it possible to be paperless?

It is indeed possible to be paperless with the abundance of technology that we currently have with increased functionality by the day. I have operated a paperless law office and successfully initiated paperless human resources records at Crown. The key to being successfully paperless is adequate knowledge of the functions you perform and a solid understanding of the technology. The ability to use multiple monitors, tablet devices, and the acceptance of digital signatures are gradually reducing the amount of paper created for transactions. And it is happily helping to sustain the environment.

2. Will data breaches ever be a thing of the past?

This is a wish that can ultimately become reality. Technology does not create most data breaches. Carelessness and inadequate training of human operators cause most data breaches. If employees are well-trained on the fundamental causes of breach, and such individuals understand how their seemingly harmless actions can become harmful, we will be one step closer to avoiding data breaches. Yes, with sustained adequate training globally, data breaches can be a thing of the past.

3. Will there be a need for records/archiving in the future?

There will always be a need for records/archiving in the future. While we may have reduced the amount of paper that we print, we have increased the number of digital documents that we use. All of those digital records take up space and must be securely archived because once they’re lost, the records can never be recreated. The trend of the present is the conversion of paper records to digital and the subsequent safe and secure archiving of digital records.