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Setting the Stage for the Automatic Disposition - Success Stories

By Susan Cisco

Jul 13 2014

It's hard enough to maintain an up-to-date apporoved retention schedule, but the barriers to systematic implementation of the schedule are also challenging. My last blog identified people, process, and the technology barriers that can have a chilling effect on the deletion / destruction of records.

Though still an emerging practice, automatic classification of content is gaining momentum (finally) due to recent court decisions regarding the use of predictive coding:

"... in 2012, a federal district court held that 'predictive coding' using software trained by lawyers to identify relevant documents could be substituted for lawyers manually searching for and reviewing every potentially relevant document. Since then, more than a dozen courts and the U.S. Department of Justice have approved the use of the predictive coding" (How Automatic Classification is Revolutionizing Records Management, Iron Mountain Knowledge Center)

Knowing that courts have approved the use of automatic classification for eDiscovery is expected to help acceptance of technology for records retention and disposition.

Can you comment on success you've had with deleting / destruction of content? What lessons have you learned?

By Mariana Juarez

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