Electronic discovery places a heavy burden on counsel. Not only is the practitioner, as always, required to comply with procedural rules, but he/she must thoroughly educate the client about the intricacies of electronic discovery. Because the client may not necessarily think of discovery in electronic or digital terms, the learning curve may be steep. At the outset, it may be helpful to inform the client that an estimated 93 to 95% of all information is produced digitally, the majority of which will never be printed. The notorious Enron case provides a stark example: 250 terabytes of information were collected (estimated to run 78 billion pages of documents if printed).
- PCs and servers
- External drives, memory sticks, thumb drives, compact flash cards, SmartMedia cards, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, xD and XQD, and USB flash drives.
- Cell phones/smartphones, Blackberry devices and other PDAs.
- Digital cameras (including smartphone cameras), GoPro and other portable HD video devices, MP3 players.
- Web pages.
- Fax machines, photocopiers, scanners, most of which have hard drives on which data is stored.
- Voicemail, email, Skype/instant messaging/direct messaging logs, VOIP logs.
- Texts/Snapchat/Facetime records
- The Cloud
Although not an exclusive list, this provides the most frequent media used by individuals and companies to collect and store information. In order to competently represent the client, the practitioner must become familiar with the client’s information systems. Only then can counsel begin to manage electronic discovery effectively.
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