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The cost (both financial and time) of eDiscovery is substantial. In fact, it's only getting more prohibitively expensive as data storage gets cheaper and easier to set up and companies have to comb through an ever-increasing amount of information.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has exploded in the last few years. From thermostats to cars, thousands of items can now collect, store and transmit data. The question many general counsel are asking is how does this affect data privacy, information security and eDiscovery?
An article from In-house Access brings up some interesting points about discovery and the associated data privacy laws. In general, courts in the United States allow very broad discovery. There has been movement to limit the scope, especially when it comes to eDiscovery, but as of now large amounts of data are required for discovery. Additionally, because these rules focus on the parent companies, it includes all subsidiaries (even those outside the U.S.), which can result in a direct conflict with the data privacy laws in that country.
As we have discussed in the past, there are many challenges associated with eDiscovery. Improving your organization's Office 365 compliance is also a major concern. Improvements to Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery now allow customers to export data to third-party review applications including Epiq DocuMatrix, iConect XERA, Relativity and Recommind Axcelerate.
Office 365 Groups is a service that establishes a single set of permissions across Office 365 apps. When a user joins a group, they gain access to all of the assets of the team such as conversations, meetings and documents. Any user in the organization can create a Group and begin collaborating immediately. However, there also needs to be support for IT to control these Groups at an administrative level, which is what Microsoft announced earlier this month.
It's certainly not a new issue but the challenge remains the same when it comes to the cost (both financial and time) of eDiscovery. In fact, it's only getting more prohibitively expensive as data storage gets cheaper and easier to set up and companies have to comb through an ever-increasing amount of information.