E-Discovery and Microsoft Technology

Providing IT Pros with a deeper understanding of how Microsoft products like email, voicemail, VoIP, instant messaging, and security relate to E-Discovery issues. Please note: All posts are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confer no rig

E-Discovery and Microsoft Technology

  • Tag-inator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Can a machine categorize or tag email any better than a person? In our previous post, we explored how to make it easy for users to categorize an email inside of Outlook. But what if the user still isn't doing it, in spite of how easy we've made it? Or...
  • Tag! Episode 2: Email Messages Tagged While You Wait

    When email messages need to be examined for attorney/client privilege, discovery slow to a crawl. And obviously the expense of preparing for discovery goes way up. If only there were an easy way to get users to tag email messages so people don’t have...
  • Tag! Metadata Made Easy in Vista

    Just in time for Halloween, a scary story about metadata! Who knows what awful, incriminating secrets lie hidden in your Word document's metadata, waiting to betray you? After all, isn't that why attorneys request "native format" document production?...
  • Managing USB Thumb Drives - Is Vista Better Than Epoxy?

    What's so bad about USB flash drives? Isn't it great that, for less than $50, I can buy device the size of my thumb that holds 16Gb of emails, product designs, and drafts of confidential memos? In a word, NO. From an e-discovery perspective, tracking...
  • Is it "Safe" to Store Voicemail in Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging?

    I've co-authored a post on the MS Exchange Team's blog, "You Had Me At EHLO." It's entitled "Voice Mail and Discoverability with Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging," and explores the features and functions, as well as some of the legal wrangling around storing...
  • Don't Drop The Attachment! Using Microsoft Exchange 2007 to produce in a "Native" Format

    Nothing sharpens your focus like a $206,000 question! In the case of PSEG Power of New York v. Alberici Constructors, Inc. the court wrestled with the e-discovery issue of whether or not PSEG had to produce 3,000 emails and their corresponding attachments...
  • Am I Retaining IM?

    "It depends." As always, the correct answer is whatever your in-house counsel tells you: we never provide legal advice here, only information for you to consider. Here's a couple of interesting bits - First off, for regulated industries like...
  • First, Let's Kill All The .PSTs

    Let's face it, from an e-discovery perspective, having email stored in local .PST files on individual users' hard drives is risky. You don't want them around, because: The end user's hard drive might fail, resulting in the loss of potentially...
  • Why E-Discovery?

    I wanted to make a quick post to motivate why e-discovery is so important to IT Pros. Isn't it reasonable to assume that this is just a problem for lawyers, or that the IT staff is going to play a minor, supporting role in all this? Not anymore...
  • POP! Goes the Evidence.

    Who could resist a catchy title like this: "Court-ordered forensic search of CEO's laptop?" When I first saw that, I immediately wondered, "Just how many Michael Bolton MP3s were on there?" But if you read the tale of Treppel v. Biovail on the K&L...
  • Hold Me Now! How to quickly put a retention hold on 1,400 employees using Microsoft Exchange 2007.

    The consequences for failing to correctly implement a retention hold can be severe. For example, issues surrounding a litigation hold helped cause Intel to lose attorney-client privilege and work-product protection of certain materials relating to their...