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The Top Trends Shaping the Future of E-Discovery

Author: Law.com – Wendell Jisa

This will be the year of the Zoom boom for electronically stored information (ESI). Atypical data will continue to flood into cases large and small, especially as the matters arising out of the last 18 months begin to hit discovery and the courts. Because the language of business had to shift with the work-from-home (WFH) revolution, the data sources and types have likewise shifted. Many case teams and legal practitioners are already seeing the pervasiveness of these pandemic-driven new data types coming this year and well in the future. The Zoom boom is showing no signs of abating in terms of how we live, work, and play and as a result where we are creating our digital evidentiary footprint like never before.

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Amongst the rest of Wendell’s 2022 eDiscovery trends is the Pandemic WFH driven explosion of online meeting content. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Zoom has grown from 10M to 300M daily users and Teams from 20M to 250M+ monthly users. My best recovering-analyst interpretation of this growth and Zoom’s recent slump is that Zoom’s usability gave them the edge in the B2C market while Team’s rapidly expanding business integrations and features have caught up in the enterprise marketspace. In 2020 I was getting Zoom video meeting invitations from providers, clients and peers eager to connect during the quarantine months. Now I am almost exclusively holding Teams meetings with business contacts. Online video meetings are the new normal and the ESI that they generate is our latest eDiscovery challenge. Have you tried to preserve or find actual Teams meeting transcripts lately?

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