The main concern for eDiscovery is what email communication is no longer available, but I'd suggest a secondary concern, whether the recipient grabbed a screen capture or saved it some other way before it expired, and how we would locate those. Still, it's not like we don't already have concerns with people deleting emails or other items.
"The parties themselves agreed at oral argument that an individual who, in the course of reviewing discovery documents, undertakes tasks that could otherwise be performed entirely by a machine cannot be said to engage in the practice of law."
There is a potential of some very far-reaching implications from this ruling. If doc review can be so tightly defined ahead of time that reviewers are not doing legal work, then why pay legal work prices? Why not just use a machine, or hire anyone off the street?
Craig Ball does a great job describing how hash values are created, and used to deduplicate identical copies of documents, and also how that technology would fail to identify the same content existing in different types of files. That's why having a near-duplicate tool is also a good thing. It can help you find the same content in different files, or very similar content across multiple files by analyzing the content as opposed to just the hash values.
That's an important part of any eDiscovery workflow, finding out where content is being used in different document formats, or being altered slightly when creating a new copy of a file. Imagine, for example, an employee leaking corporate information. A hash-match may find where she has been sending exact copies of the files out, near-duplication technology would also help locate where she scanned a printed copy, or created a PDF, or made a small change to the data before sending it on.
"Given how fast things changed, he said, he finds himself visualizing the next 5-10 years; planning for the next 2-4 years; hiring for today’s problems; and managing everything with yesterday’s budget."
I think that pretty much sums up the eDiscovery landscape right now. All the more reason to make sure that folks who work in this field have skills that translate beyond being a "button-pusher". You don't know what else you're going to need them to be doing 3-5 years from now.
How about just one, there's too much of it laying around everywhere and you have no idea how to find anything because of that? ;-)
Seriously, go check out the post and the report linked therein. Good information to get your head around before you have an immediate need!
My favorite one - "Trigger #3: Counsel is out of its league and won’t admit it
Solution: Turn to an expert, or decline the representation"
As much as this article is full of what should be obvious advice, things like this tend to get forgotten on a regular basis!
-- Find the emails you already know how to handle based on the domain or address they were sent from, instead of paying to review them!
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