What is eDiscovery?
Electronic discovery, which may be better known as eDiscovery is when a company identifies and collects information electronically. The data that is created as a result of the collection is stored in an electronic format. This information may be used in a court of law for a lawsuit or other purposes. This electronic format may include emails, voicemail, databases, presentations, social media, and videos.
The eDiscovery process can be difficult because of the large amount of electronic data that can be produced at any given time and all of the different places it can be stored. These situations can cause your need for advisory services. Advisory services can help your organization by researching your business, making conclusions about the data collected, and making recommendations to you for the purpose of making decisions about your company.
Documents that are stored electronically have unique features, such as time date stamps and a record of the author and creator of the document. Whenever electronic information is being studied, the original content must be secured to maintain the integrity of the data. In every case, the data that is being researched should be a copy of the original. No one should be manipulating the original of any document. If the original data is changed in any way, it can no longer be used for evidentiary purposes, which is one major reason why a copy should be made.
Any data that is produced should be kept on a secure server. It also needs to be made available to anyone needing to see it for legal purposes. eDiscovery has the final goal of being able to produce evidence that can be used for court purposes or to defend something that has taken place, or will take place.