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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 those [...]

By |September 16th, 2021|Categories: Info Gov, Essay, Preservation, Legal Holds, Content Management, Architecture|0 Comments

Teams Workspace Hubs = ESI Evolution

Microsoft and Google are busy re-inventing how knowledge workers collaborate. Many of us have stumbled onto complex sets of interdependent Excel workbooks being shared by accounting, sales and other teams. With good chain-of-custody procedures, I have reconfigured environments so that counsel or experts could manually review these ‘semi-structured’ file sets to extract potentially relevant snapshots. The breadth of sources simultaneously touched by Teams and Workspace [...]

By |August 30th, 2021|Categories: Platform, Essay, Collectors, Legal Holds, Content Management, ESI Sources, Architecture|0 Comments

ILTACON 2021 – Taking Social Distancing to Far?

ILTA 2021 panel with speakers that usually pack a session 2020 was my first year off the conference circuit in 3 decades. I miss running and participating in panels, briefings and social events. Most of all, I miss my eDiscovery friends, clients and peers. I wanted to spend these days hustling between ILTACON meetings and events through the crowded Mandalay Bay halls. I [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Categories: United States, Essay|1 Comment

Apple Scanning ALL U.S. iPhones in a BYOD World

Apple plans to start scanning all U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse using a tool called “neuralMatch” or “NeuralHash” against a database of known images. Womble Dickinson’s JDSupra article covers many of the high-level privacy concerns and explores Apple’s plans for a service that will scan encrypted messages for sexually explicit content to provide parental notice. Using a generated hash to check for [...]

By |August 13th, 2021|Categories: Info Gov, Investigation, Essay, Compliance, Privacy, Security, Content Management, ESI Sources|0 Comments

Behind Brand Building: Link Placement Services

eDJ-Quick non-eDiscovery look at link placement. I have had marketing execs supply me with relevant link lists for contract white paper engagements (where do you think some of those provider best practice papers came from?). The email below snuck through my filters and got me curious about the rates and services offered. According to Neil Patel, a blogger can make $45-550 for every link published. [...]

By |July 30th, 2021|Categories: Essay|0 Comments

Custodian Working Styles – Key to Deciphering Decisions?

The recent raft of spoliation sanctions like Iacovacci v. Brevet Holdings, LLC seem to share fundamental misunderstandings around where key decision communications resided and how to preserve them. Broadly worded legal hold notices do indeed usually cover text and chat messages. Rarely do they convey practical instructions on preservation. In my opinion, these informal communication channels were once viewed as ‘non-records’ and avoided by defense [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Categories: Info Gov, Essay, Content Management, ESI Sources|0 Comments

How Legal Tech Dies: eDiscovery Point

Lost in all the hype around market consolidation and IPOs is the sad truth that the vast majority of legal technology is destined to end up in the digital dust bin. Thompson Reuters announced the retirement of eDiscovery Point by June 2022. Launched in 2016 and fueled by the CaseLogistix IP/talent TR acquired in 2010, eDiscovery Point never seemed to gain market traction against Relativity’s [...]

By |July 28th, 2021|Categories: Platform, Essay, Firm, Global, Purchase|2 Comments

CS Disco IPO – $2.5B Market Cap from $30M 2020 Loss?

I am generally bullish on what I consider to be the undersized eDiscovery market. The $44 stock price spike after the CS Disco’s IPO equates to a $2.5B market capitalization. That is a 36X MULTIPLE of CS Disco’ s reported $68.4M 2020 revenue. Red flags pop up for me considering that CS Disco lost $29.8M in 2020 and $22.8M in 2019. According to the IPO [...]

By |July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Platform, Provider, Essay|1 Comment

Use Any of These eDiscovery Platforms? Neil is Selling Your Info – Part 2

Note: This is just a quick follow up with the data aggregator's explanation of their opt-in sourcing and GDPR compliance. If you missed yesterday's installment in my ongoing curiosity research on how our personal contact information gets aggregated and sold, read it here to make sense of the reply below. My take is that once you 'opt-in' to any website with a thousand word plus [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|Categories: Essay|1 Comment

Use Any of These eDiscovery Platforms? Sofia is Selling Your Info

NOTE: This piece is a continuation of my adventures baiting those pesky data merchants hawking our PII to marketers with the audacity to send blasts of unsolicited emails packing our Inboxes. Last December I documented my attempts to understand who exactly was offering me your personal contact information. This latest solicitation (below) offered up qualified users of Relativity, Nuix and other well known eDiscovery platforms. [...]

By |July 7th, 2021|Categories: Essay|0 Comments

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