Linked – Emerging content formats challenge e-discovery

As an industry, we’re always behind, but this is telling –


“As new types of content materialize from various applications and devices, the e-discovery process will become more difficult. According to a recent report from Osterman Research, any electronic information is potentially subject to e-discovery, including text messages, social media posts, data in collaboration tools and data from the Internet of Things (IoT). Web pages and data from wearable devices and vehicle event recorders are among the new sources of electronically stored content (ESI) that are possible targets for e-discovery.

While 80 percent of respondents in the study said they feel prepared to handle e-discovery for recent emails, only 12 percent felt they could do so for online applications such as Slack and only 7 percent for Facebook and Twitter.”

It’s telling to me because social media is still a challenge for eDiscovery, and those are things that have been around for awhile now. We haven’t even begun to consider hot much data is being generated by mobile device apps, IoT devices, and trackers, or how we are going to deal with that data in the typical eDiscovery review process. It does not lend itself to using the typical document viewer in a review platform, so what are we going to do with it?


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