Disruptive Technology the New Element in Legal ProcessesBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 06/03/2021 - 15:48
Q: Why did Grupo Rodríguez & Rodríguez decide to incorporate technological disruption as a key element of its legal consulting?
A: Technology has greatly influenced Mexican laws and regulations, and is playing an important role in industries such as mining, medical and legal litigation. We think the law goes hand in hand with technology, especially as interpersonal relationships have increasingly turned technological. People and industries were already using technologies like email and other platforms, but they had no probative value. We saw that technology was a natural form of expansion for our firm. Today, our proposal is consolidated and we believe that adopting digital disruption was a very good bet.
Q: What are the advantages of using this technology and how is it improving legal processes?
A: The key advantage is that we can put all the inputs derived from various technologies through our iDHAC Information and Digital Certification System, providing the client with a protocol that is verified by the federal government and as a result, the evidence can be used in any process. Photos, audios and videos taken by the company can be included for certification, providing legal protection and contractual advantages. For example, a mining company can certify a process in Oaxaca but if the company has branches elsewhere, it can also certify the process at those locations at the same time. Furthermore, company leaders can see everything from wherever they are.
In financial terms, this is a very attractive operating structure. For example, the accreditation of events can cost MX$20,000 (US$1,006), while the same process using iDHAC costs MX$300 (US$15.09). We achieve the same objective, which is that the evidence is used as a method of legal protection, and our offer is more attractive, allowing large companies to implement it in many of their operations.
Q: How does the mining industry benefit from these disruptive technological solutions?
A: Mines cover extensive areas and have many processes. Previously, when recording a situation such as an excavation or the execution of a contract, there would be a lack of evidence with full probative value. This is because many mines are in isolated locations, making it difficult for a notary to witness these facts. What we propose is that iDHAC be incorporated into the mines so that clients, suppliers and authorities can validate their actions through certificates. We also suggest that clients use our drones to fly over the entire field or specific areas without putting their staff at risk. We recommend using drones because they are faster, have a lower cost and provide real-time evidence.
Q: How do you adapt iDHAC to different needs and industries?
A: There are different platforms for different sectors, such as iDHAC Logistics for sectors like mining, iDHAC Government Technology, iDHAC Medical, iDHAC Sign for electronic documents and iDHAC Cloud for contract management. For instance, the platform can be used to record exactly what happened during a surgical procedure, especially when there is a finding that may result in medical malpractice. iDHAC is placed on cellphones and the evidence that is uploaded enters a digital vault, which can record the patient's situation in real time. This is very important, especially for the reconstruction of facts and the accreditation of the patient to the hospital.
Q: How attractive are these technologies in today’s market in Mexico?
A: iDHAC was created and strengthened within our firm. We patented the technological process because we saw the opportunity to satisfy a real need through our technological protocol. One of our biggest challenges is when we explain to our clients what our solution is about, which is to generate an electronic document validated by the government. In Mexico, we are present in the south of Tamaulipas and in Monterrey, and we intend to expand throughout Mexico.
Q: How safe is the digital evidence that iDHAC provides to clients?
A: Blockchain technology is commonly known now and it is thought to be one of the most secure mechanisms for digital processes, but it is not the only one. Our encryption technology protocol is validated by the government, which means that our level of authenticity is performed by a federal entity that generates this type of validation. iDHAC is approved and certified by the government; we use its protection to ensure the security and validity of the document. In addition, our solution has parallel ports where that document is protected by the government and by our company.
Q: How does the company handle security challenges like cyberattacks?
A: Everything on the web is subject to some risk. It is important to understand that iDHAC is the end product of a technological protocol and what cyber attackers are often looking for is the technological process. When the process is finished, iDHAC can reach out to the digital vault belonging to the client. Subsequently, the vault is downloaded to our vault that is off the network. Therefore, there is a physical vault and an electronic one to provide double security. If there is a cyberattack, the iDHAC and certificates will be protected. In the event of a cyberattack, we simply delete that iDHAC and register another iDHAC, where we recertify and re-upload all the client's information and certificates.
Q: What situation does the SGLOBALT platform seek to improve?
A: SGLOBALT was our first project. We noticed that the company was often the last to find out about losses, theft or any other activity that affected its corporate and economic business. In an effort to improve internal managerial affairs, we created SGLOBALT that has several branches: SGLOBALT Corporate Transparency, SGLOBALT Legal Risk Management, SGLOBALT NOM-035 and SGLOBALT Educational Transparency for cases related to bullying and attacks. SGLOBALT serves as a monitor to link what happens internally in the company and presents evidence and arguments that are filtered by an external entity.
Q: What opportunities do these technologies provide in the short and medium term?
A: Mexico is developing in terms of technology but not as fast as other countries. I am not referring to the technology itself but to the adaptation of the technology’s legislation. If we do not adapt and increase technology legislation, we will grow very slowly. Fortunately, official rules that regulate emails and the validity of audio, photos and videos in Mexico have grown in the past year. In fact, the pandemic accelerated this process by eight years. Mexico is going to grow quickly in the next two years and I think CEOs should start paying attention to these new opportunities that are becoming a necessity.
Grupo Rodríguez & Rodríguez is a legal and corporate firm that advises and represents commercial companies, government entities and individuals in the country. The firm has patented new technologies: the iDHAC® Information and Digital Certification System is a new business model in the legal sector in Mexico, while the SGLOBALT® Project is a preventive model that helps mitigate legal risks.