Today, assembling e-discovery evidence for a case resembles assembling the pieces of a maddeningly complex jigsaw puzzle. When e-discovery became the norm 15 or so years ago, it primarily consisted of emails. That was a challenge, but you could get your arms around it. Now, the puzzle is harder – much harder. It consists of mobile device data, social media data, collaboration/messaging apps data, audio and video files, potentially Internet of Things (IoT) device data and more. A great – and fun – indicator of how the sources of discoverable data have mushroomed is the annual “Internet Minute Infographic” published by Lori Lewis on the “All Access” site. It shows what happens on the Internet every minute in terms of activity such as emails (190 million), text messages (19 million), and tweets (194,444). It’s eye-opening, especially when you look at it in the context of routinely discoverable information. Writing for Exterro, eDiscovery Today editor Doug Austin sums up today’s e-discovery scene: “Preservation, collection and presentation (for assessment, review and potential production) of these various ESI sources is the biggest eDiscovery challenge facing practitioners today, at least in my opinion.” Check out his post here.
Published July 14, 2020.