I wrote recently about a paper called Collaborating in the Cloud: eDiscovery Risks and Opportunities by Angela Bunting, VP eDiscovery at Nuix and Scott Cohen, Director of E-Discovery Support Services at Winston & Strawn. A while back, I interviewed the pair of them about some of the subjects covered in the papers and specifically the challenge of new and varied data types and sources.
We are seeing the continuous arrival of new applications with new file types, new data types, and new methods of collaboration. As Scott Cohen said in this interview, the “Facebook generation” expects to work any time, anywhere and on any device.
Angela Bunting said that Nuix has seen that individuals use, on average, 5.5 applications in their daily lives, and that a corporation may have up to 730 applications which are outside the control of IT. This has an obvious effect on discovery.
All these applications designed for specific needs focus on the creation and sharing of information and give no thought to discovery. Scott Cohen said that it was unlikely that we would ever see the end of this, and that, in the absence of tools specifically designed to manage the new data types, the burden falls on Nuix for collection.