More Legal Clarity about Metadata

January 17, 2009 published Greg McNevin’s “US Court Rules on eDiscovery Metadata.” You can read the story here. You probably don’t think too much about eDiscovery until you find yourself in a trial. Then you develop a real enthusiasm for the activity. Get it wrong and you will have some interesting roomies for a while. Get it right and you never forget about eDiscovery, ever.

The story grinds through a court ruling. The net net is that companies have to do a better job with electronic information. If an organization thinks a data dump will do the job, that’s probably a bad thought. The article stated:

Guidance says that as eDiscovery best practices are delineated and ultimately determined by the courts, this case is particularly important as it dispels any uncertainty concerning the legal requirements for metadata preservation.

Stated another way: index emails, keep the archive from spoliation, and provide the court with whatever the court wants.

Stephen Arnold, January 17, 2009


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