“I am pro-search and think that the importance of management of ESI by filing and disposition is somewhat overblown. I think search is king, not data deletion. Still, even in my most strident of debates and pro-search arguments, I never advocated for the retention of all data. I always assumed that some file disposition was required and accepted that as a given. I was not a save everything and search advocate. I advocated for both, search and destroy. I advocated for more retention than most, but have never argued to retain everything.”
Ralph makes some salient points as well about how “junk” data makes all the things he wants to do to search and find the relevant information harder, slower, and costlier. That’s why there needs to be a plan.
Someone has to decide what is worth keeping, and what isn’t. That’s why we have IG people in the first place.