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 what if the user has…

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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 to try so hard later on figuring out what’s relevant and…

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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? So they can revel in the smoking guns buried in your metadata that you never even knew…

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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 and managing all these potential sources of responsive…

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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 voicemail, email, and faxes in one system. You can read it here: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2008/08/21/449657.aspx…

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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 together.   It seems that PSEG’s original production contained emails separated…

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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 stockbrokers, it’s a no-brainer: you save IM.  That was easy!   For others,…

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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 valuable email that often isn’t backed up (or the backup is stale). The…

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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. There was a recent change to the Federal Rules…

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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 Gates E-discovery blog, you’ll discover a far less insidious finding (unless…

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