eDiscovery Productions in Business Productivity Suites: Truly End-to-End?

By |2020-11-03T19:58:54+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: eDiscovery|Tags: , , , , , |

I work with many clients that implement cloud-based messaging and storage systems like Microsoft 365 (M365) and Google Workspace to manage their enterprise. I’m a proponent of moving enterprise systems to the cloud and generally encourage IT organizations to consider all manner of cloud solutions. Legal hold and eDiscovery needs are often secondary (or tertiary or not even considered) in the decision to move messaging and storage to the cloud especially when an organization is not regularly dealing with eDiscovery or data subject access requests (DSAR). Do these tools help enable an “End-to-End” eDiscovery workflow? My definition of an “End-to-End” eDiscovery solution starts with legal hold, data identification, data processing, data review, data search (basic and advanced), and data productions. Based on that definition my answer is no specifically because data productions require additional tools to meet the typical production obligations. Both M365 and Google Workspace have functionality to support legal hold, eDiscovery and data compliance at the tenant level. That equates to using the native index to search for responsive users and content which does not include non-indexable data. eDiscovery in M365 and Google Workspace were built as data triage tools to reduce the amount of information going into the expensive review process. The functionality to support that triage process is powerful with both tools in the hands of a practitioner that understands the nuances of the data workflow in these technologies. Producing data to requesting parties will require additional steps and/or technology depending on the requirements for the production. Production formats vary from case to case, but it is common to have a production specification for TIFF or PDF with native spreadsheet along with a load file. This is important especially with when markings (e.g. Bates stamp, etc.) or redactions [...]