Electronically Stored Information (ESI) is the information that is created and stored in a digital format. Writings, emails, text messages, credit card information all come under ESI. Data collection or data acquisition is one of the most important steps in the entire process of eDiscovery. Therefore, establishing a proper ESI data collection process is the most important feature of any eDiscovery endeavor.
Today in the digital age technology is becoming more and more important. Not only in our daily lives but in our work lives. Attorneys now use technology to make their cases easier and further develop solid evidence.
The growing demand for the security of legal data during the process of eDiscovery is expected to increase the demand for eDiscovery software among large and small enterprises. eDiscovery was once only a small part of the litigation field. However, now it has moved to the center stage as a primary component. It would not be an exaggeration to say that most litigations and law enforcement, now function on eDiscovery, that is enabled by technology – software and infrastructure.
With tons of data passing around each day, its protection becomes an important priority for both organizations and individuals. eDiscovery works and thrives solely on the principle of data collection and processing. The GDPR, which came into effect in May 2018, can have all kinds of implications on eDiscovery. The GDPR applies to all the companies and organizations processing data for all EU citizens.
Apart from changes in regard to data processing and protection, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also brought with it, an increased level of penalties in case of non-compliance with the rules and conditions of the regulation. Organisations and companies are required to comply with the regulations set forth, even if they do not have a physical presence in Europe. The changes are going to affect entities across the world even if they are not present in the union.