Thought Leadership and Industry Trends
Relativity provides many helpful features that improve the eDiscovery review process, including Early Case Assessment and Data Analytics.
It is common for external factors such as new legal or business changes to affect an existing contract. A company using only a few standard contracts may not require much time to go through its contracts manually to address such issues. However, for companies with hundreds or thousands of contracts, substantial effort may be needed just to identify which contracts are impacted.
Mobile data is one of the most rapidly proliferating data sources in the eDiscovery realm and is gaining more significance daily. It presents unique challenges, such as securing authorization to access devices, rapidly evolving encryption features, wildly varying content formatting, device upgrades, and other issues.
As eDiscovery technology becomes more sophisticated, both small and large companies can feel overwhelmed with the choices and the potential cost. Small companies or law firms usually have little knowledge about which technology will help them review or produce documents most effectively within their budget constraints.
Redaction is one of the most time-consuming tasks in eDiscovery, requiring manual review of documents to black out sensitive information. However, technology tools do exist to make it easier. These are especially helpful with Excel spreadsheets, which are difficult to work with if converted into an image file. Redacting in native Excel is preferable but does present its own challenges if the right technology is not used.
Automation and artificial intelligence are continuing to bring significant improvements to the whole EDRM process – from information governance through collection, review and production.
Virtually every company will need to collect and/or transfer data from one location to another at some point. While this may seem to be a routine matter, there are dangers, particularly when it comes to eDiscovery.
Data analytics tools offer significant opportunities to improve the accuracy and efficiency of document reviews. Analytics features, such as Technology Assisted Review (“TAR”) can be used to supplement or even replace a human based linear review.
While many companies have moved at least some of their data to the cloud, others have been more cautious about taking these steps because they want to ensure their data stays in the U.S. Some cloud providers do not have enough locations in the U.S. to enable all data to remain in the country.
A recent blog post posed the question “Have we lost the war on eDiscovery?” There may be an eDiscovery War, but from my perspective, we are fighting on the same side.