E-discovery is a new term that describes the process and software that goes into attempting to find information on electronic devices. Because this is a relatively new idea, there aren’t too many laws or regulations associated with this process. However, there is a little bit of information available on the subject, so read ahead to find some.
The first step in the E-Discovery software process is identification. This term and compasses things like finding out whether or not a specific piece of information found on some electronic device is relevant to a case or can be used for or against a person who is under trial for certain crime of which they may have committed.
Once the E-Discovery software has obtained the information, it needs to hold it in a secure place. This is called preservation, and is one of the reasons why this type of software can be used in a court case. Preservation can guarantee that the file is intact and has not been tempered with since it has been retrieved.
After preservation, collection comes into play. The file is being held somewhere and needs to be retrieved for legal purposes. Depending on the type of file and severity of the case, sometimes this requires a forensics expert to extract the information from early in order to keep data secure. This is a complex process beyond the scope of this article.
All too often does this process go to waste. What I mean by that is that after the E-Discovery software has done its work, the people that received the file can temper with it in a way that no longer allows it to be used in court. Education and different software for the receivers of these files is necessary.
All types of information, including messages on a phone, email, picture, video, or others can be used against people. This means you should be very careful using when joking about certain things over electronic devices, even if you think they are secure or protected in some way. Almost everything can be traced back to even if you have deleted it.
This is but a fraction of the information surrounding E-Discovery software. If you’d like to learn more, you can visit the court room that receives files from a company that uses this software, or you can just go online to see what they have to say about their own software and how it works in terms of law.
If you would like to purchase some E-Discovery software but aren’t sure if it will be relevant to your situation, there is something you can do to see if other people in your situation have been able to put it to good use. There are forums that people will write their opinions on for you to read.
For more resources and information, I recommend FTI Technology.