ediscovery & Forensics

In 2010, “predictive coding” or “computer-assisted review” was considered the next big thing in ediscovery, destined to replace linear review and keyword searching as the predominant methodology during document review. Fast forward 5 years and where are we? Has the “next big thing” arrived?

ZL Technologies has announced the availability of version 8.0.1 of its ZL Unified Archive, a  single-platform approach to archiving, eDiscovery, compliance and supervision, records management, and storage requirements designed to add leverage in analytics. ZL says UA's approach to consolidating data resources into an aggregated pool of single data copies provides a revolutionary foundation for application of unstructured analytics within the living business environment. It says while competing solutions create or attempt to integrate disparate "silos" of data, ZL UA takes a unified approach by eliminating siloed architecture and ensuring that only one data copy is stored, retention policies are coordinated, and one consistent search is performed.

Office365 is set to offer enhanced e-discovery and information governance capabilities with the addition of machine learning technology from US startup Equivio, following its acquisition by Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.

The adoption of predictive coding, the continued proliferation of data on personal devices and cybersecurity concerns were among the biggest trends impacting the ediscovery industry in 2014, according to a year-end survey from ediscovery products and services provider Kroll Ontrack. The trends underscore how Big Data is driving the evolution of the practice of law.

Handshake Software has launched a new product that converts documents and other files from legacy document management systems such as HP iManage, OpenText eDOCS, file shares and others to Microsoft SharePoint, both on premise and online with Office 365.  

Guidance Software has announced its Tableau TD2u Forensic Duplicator is able to image digital storage devices at speeds in excess of 15 gigabytes per minute while concurrently generating MD5 and SHA-1 hashes.

A free tool designed to help organisations measure and improve their ediscovery processes has been released by the standards group EDRM.

Is electronic information “property”?  That is, can it be possessed and controlled in the same way that physical objects can be?  If one of your employees or a competitor obtains a database or set of files that resides on your network, does the law of property apply as if they had broken into your premises and made off with the office safe?

Ediscovery vendor Epiq Systems has found that while more than three-quarters of the corporations it surveyed feel confident in their ability to locate key data in the face of litigation or investigation, only around half of these continually monitor and update their data map, suggesting such confidence may be misplaced.

Nuix has extended its eDiscovery product range to include Nuix Web Review & Analytics. This new web application allows corporate IT and legal teams and litigation service providers to conduct fast, collaborative eDiscovery review and quickly establish the key facts and merits of any case.