BYOD practices complicate legal e-discovery efforts

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Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programs bring plenty of focus on data security and employee privacy issues. But what about legal challenges, such as electronic discovery?

That is the subject of a recent article at Tech Page One. "Electronic discovery, or e-discovery, takes place in the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit, when the parties involved request evidence from each other," the article explains.

Organizations traditionally face three basic challenges when complying with e-discovery requests, the article notes:

  • First is identifying and collecting all of the information that meets the criteria of the request.
  • Second is processing the information.
  • Third is meeting the necessary standards for review.

"Most of the costs associated with collecting and processing data prior to review assume that a company has the electronic information in its possession, or at least has the legal right to access it," the article explains. "But what if the information resides on a device that the company doesn't have direct access to – [an employee's] personal device, perhaps?"

The article suggests that there will be no easy answer to this question for some time to come. But it does venture to say that as employees bring more of their own devices to the office, privacy and ownership issues will only become more muddled.

For more:
- check out the Tech Page One article

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