Secret Service Self Preservation?

Legal hold notification and custodial manual preservation of potential evidence was standard practice before complex digital systems became the primary sources. Many companies still rely on ‘do not delete’ hold instructions for mobile devices and cloud systems lacking central search, hold and collection capabilities. This approach may be appropriate in low-risk civil matters without any known bad actors or possible criminal elements. I cannot [...]

Lessons from the Secret Service Text Loss

Software and hardware migrations happen. They should not result in the loss of information potentially relevant to known or reasonably anticipated legal matters. The Secret Service says that they ‘lost’ text data from January 5-6, 2021 in a long planned “system migration”. While it now appears that some or all of the lost texts may be recovered and produced, the failure of preservation process [...]

Barrera – Time to Update Corporate Travel Policies

The Inspector General’s seizure of John Eastman’s phone should be a wakeup call for corporate legal and security stakeholders. US v. Barrera ruling in 2019 opened the door for law enforcement to use biometrics (face or fingerprints) to unlock a seized personal device. Every domestic or foreign customs agent just added this trick to their interview protocol. Think about that. Putting aside politics, I [...]

The Great Resignation, Return or Reshuffle? Part 1

Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index report should be a wake up for execs like JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon spouting, “We’re not going to pay your not to work in the office.” More than 31,000 respondents from 34 countries prove that “There’s no going back!” to pre-Pandemic Koyaanisquatsi cubicle work for professionals. The job security bubble has burst and 52% of Gen Z/Mellennials are considering changing [...]

Veritas Compliance Winter Release Announcement Webinar

I hope that you join Dave Scott and myself for the Veritas Compliance Portfolio Winter Announcement webinar this Wednesday January 19th at 10am CST. Join us to hear about all the new capabilities of Veritas (formerly Symantec) Digital Compliance portfolio. Dave will cover all the new data sources and features from Enterprise Vault, eDiscovery Platform and more. I have been invited to discuss the [...]

eDJ Brief: Knovos

It has been a while since I caught up with my friend Joe Bartolo. Knovos has evolved from their service provider roots (Capital Novus) into a broad, diverse legal technology company. Despite Relativity’s dominance of the large matter review market, mid-market players like Knovos seem to be gaining traction with usable, focused products that meet specific customer requirements. eDiscovery functionality, performance and innovation can [...]

eDJ Brief: Evidence Optix – Visualizing Proportionality

A good friend from my Summation days put Insight Optix CEO Mandi Ross in touch with me to explore her new cloud matter scoping platform, Evidence Optix (EO). At first I struggled with whether matter scoping and cost estimation was a broad enough pain point to interest my corporate clients. Most of my legal ops engagements include matter budgets and tools for inside counsel [...]

Is Deletion Dead?

Over the decades I have driven far too many defensible deletion, classification or similar initiatives aimed at removing the ROT from corporate local, network and cloud data stores. I have wondered many times whether these were Sisyphean tasks even as I generated ROI estimates based on data reduction to justify the technology and labor costs. Most of these projects achieved tangible short term corporate [...]

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Go Ahead, Be Obscene in that Teams Meeting

The Obscenity list was one of the first automatic classification lists my team built into our Summation databases back in the bad old Enron days. We were one of the first defendants forced to search and review native raw email from the Exchange journal. Energy traders had filthy mouths and it was an easy way to spot heightened emotions. We also learned to route [...]

IPRO-ZyLAB: Further eDiscovery Consolidation

Yet another acquisition in the accelerating consolidation of the eDiscovery market space. In this case there is some functional overlap offset by clear differentiation in solution strengths. In my opinion, both players peaked early in the eDiscovery market and were being left behind until recently. Maybe the ParkerGale Capital money and guidance will forge a real competitor to the evolving Relativity-Reveal-Exterro battle royal.  For [...]

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