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Relativity Partners with Deloitte and Control Risks to Launch RelativityOne in South Africa

Expansion of RelativityOne helps companies abide by South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act and The Cybercrimes Act 

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Relativity Press Release

CHICAGO – December 15, 2022 – Relativity, a global legal and compliance technology company, today announced that its secure, end-to-end SaaS product RelativityOne is now available in South Africa. Deloitte and Control Risks partnered with Relativity on the expansion to the region, which is a legal hub within the African continent, and will help provide scale, reliability and accessibility within the region to current and future customers.  

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) came into effect in 2021, sparking a growth in the country’s maturity around personal data protection, cyber breach response and how cross-border-data is handled. The country’s Cybercrimes Act, which is directly linked to POPIA, mandates organizations to require access to information from their employees and customer devices to contextualize matters under investigation for cybercrimes. As this includes personal information, it is critical for companies to adhere to POPIA to ensure that there are no legal repercussions.  

We are excited to extend our global partnership with Relativity to South Africa. Through this alliance, Deloitte Africa Forensic now runs a hybrid Relativity environment that addresses myriad technical and legal requirements for our local and global clients.

Dr. Antonio Pooe, Deloitte Africa Forensic Leader

“We are excited to partner with Deloitte and Control Risks on our endeavor to expand accessibility to RelativityOne worldwide. RelativityOne is available in South Africa at the perfect time as the platform can help customers adhere to the latest data policies and laws in the region,” said Steve Couling, Managing Director and Vice President of Sales, EMEA at Relativity. “Now more than ever before, there is more pressure for companies to keep their data within South Africa and to respond quickly to cyber breaches that may involve cross-border disclosures. RelativityOne allows Deloitte and Control Risks the speed and advanced tools to help their clients comply with such matters.”  

Now more than ever before, there is more pressure for companies to keep their data within South Africa and to respond quickly to cyber breaches that may involve cross-border disclosures. RelativityOne allows Deloitte and Control Risks the speed and advanced tools to help their clients comply with such matters.

Steve Couling, Managing Director and Vice President of Sales, EMEA at Relativity

Many of Deloitte’s and Control Risks’ global clientele already utilize RelativityOne and this expansion to South Africa demonstrates how the evolution and maturation of data privacy laws and data residency requirements generates a demand for greater availability. This move is a facet of a broader strategy to create global, scalable solutions in a secure and extensible cloud platform. With data continuing to grow exponentially, Relativity fills the gap by providing these firms with cutting edge technology like RelativityOne.  

“We are excited to extend our global partnership with Relativity to South Africa,” said Dr. Antonio Pooe, Deloitte Africa Forensic Leader. “Through this alliance, Deloitte Africa Forensic now runs a hybrid Relativity environment that addresses myriad technical and legal requirements for our local and global clients.”   

“We are extremely proud to be first among Relativity Gold Partners to launch RelativityOne in South Africa,” said Joyce Nkini-Iwisi, Principal at Control Risks. “Both here and across the world, our clients are grappling with the implications of today’s high data volumes for complex, cross-border matters. Being able to offer world-class technology that supports data collection, processing, hosting and review within our own jurisdiction – without the international price tag – is a game changer. Since 2017, Control Risks South Africa has had on-premise Relativity with client data hosted in country. The launch of RelativityOne in South Africa will help us to serve clients better through cutting-edge technology that helps them manage the review of today’s huge data volumes.” 

As RelativityOne Gold Partners, both Deloitte and Control Risks are dedicated to bringing a secure, reliable and extensible cloud platform to their clients around the world. The expansion to South Africa comes on the heels of strong regional demand for a cloud-based e-discovery platform. This expansion also provides more opportunities for Deloitte’s and Control Risks’ well-versed teams to offer an even better experience for their customers in the cloud. 

RelativityOne is now available in 17 geographies. Earlier in 2022, RelativityOne expanded to France, India and Japan.  

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About Relativity 

Relativity makes software to help users organize data, discover the truth and act on it. Its SaaS product, RelativityOne, manages large volumes of data and quickly identifies key issues during litigation and internal investigations. Relativity has more than 300,000 users in approximately 40 countries serving thousands of organizations globally primarily in legal, financial services and government sectors, including the U.S. Department of Justice and 198 of the Am Law 200. Please contact Relativity at sales@relativity.com or visit www.relativity.com for more information. 

About Deloitte 

As a global professional services firm and one of the most iconic brands in Africa, Deloitte has a proud history of attracting top talent and delivering value to clients, and society. Over the course of more than 175 years, Deloitte has helped forge ecosystems that deliver breakthrough solutions that help our clients succeed in an era of complexity and disruption.  

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit and assurance, tax and legal, consulting, financial advisory and risk advisory services to nearly 90 per cent of the Fortune Global 500 and thousands of public and private organisations. With more than 6 500 professionals across 12 countries in sub–Saharan Africa, we deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in capital markets, enable clients to transform and thrive, and lead the way toward a stronger economy, a more equitable society and a sustainable world. Learn how Deloitte’s more than 345,000 people worldwide make an impact that matters at www.deloitte.com

About Control Risks 

Control Risks is a specialist global risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organisations in an age of ever-changing risk. Working across disciplines, technologies and geographies, everything we do is based on our belief that taking risks is essential to our clients’ success. We provide our clients with the insight to focus resources and ensure they are prepared to resolve the issues and crises that occur in any ambitious global organization. We go beyond problem-solving and provide the insights and intelligence needed to realize opportunities and grow. Control Risks provides RelativityOne in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Brazil and Singapore. Visit us online at www.controlrisks.com

[Original Press Release here.]

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Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.


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