In an industry as fast paced as eDiscovery, it is easy to get lost in all the new adaptions and buzzwords you hear. With evolving data sources, emerging technologies, and updated case law precedents it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few things that the legal industry has been adopting lately:
NEW AND OBSUCRE DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS
The ESI in eDiscovery is still primarily centered around email, text messages, electronic documents & hard copy documents utilizing optical character recognition (OCR). But there are still other data types out there that you should be aware of, some of these include: voice messaging, Skype, Slack, video messaging, social media platforms, Google Home & Amazon Alexa to name a few.
WIDER SPREAD ADOPTION OF CLOUD SERVICES
A McAfee study showed that 93 percent of organisations utilize cloud services in some form. Cloud technology has been increasing rapidly recently allowing firms to be more versatile and offer remote collections. There is also an added benefit of centralized and regulated security procedures when operating with cloud technology. Utilizing the cloud increases your flexibility allowing you to scale up or down as needed.
ENHANCED ANALYTICS AND TECHNOLOGY-ASSISTED REVIEW (TAR)
TAR is a review process in which utilize AI software to train it to identify relevant documents. TAR is an alternative to the manual review of all documents in a discovery process that is far more time and cost efficient than manual review.
Many organizations are utilizing analytics, TAR (including active learning), and other more modern tools to streamline their EDRM life cycle. With data volumes and complexity on the rise, it is important to utilize data analytics to reduce the volume of review-able data.