As more and more information is produced electronically, lawyers need to be competent in how digital information is stored and transmitted, according to a recent ethics opinion by the San Diego County Bar Association.
As a Big Data Consultant and Litigation Paralegal, I completely agree with the content of this article. Businesses need to be proactive about managing archived data under a well-defined retention / destruction plan. Failure to do so will create digital "toxic waste" that is discoverable. In my business I educate companies and law firms on the ways to utilize technology to convert unstructured archived documents and ESI into searchable data that can be effectively managed. This process no only saves countless hours of data entry and review time, but provides more accurate data in a short period of time minimizing problems of human error. This proactive planning and use of the technology provides cost savings now and in the future when the data is needed for compliance, litigation, public information requests and the like.
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