If You’re an eDiscovery Professional, You Might Be a “Flying Wallenda” for Your Organization: eDiscovery Best Practices

Does it seem like you’re walking a tightrope between minimizing data for information governance and compliance and preserving the data you may need to support litigation holds?  As this article from Compliance discusses, an eDiscovery professional may be a “Flying Wallenda” for an organization, leveraging technology and expertise as the “balancing pole” between the competing goals.

In their article Walking the “Tightrope” Between Privacy, Information Governance, Discovery, and Litigation by Leveraging Technology and Expertise, Compliance begins by informing us that there is a family of daredevil stunt performers who perform acts walking a tightrope without a safety net known as The Flying Wallendas, and various family members have been performing highwire stunts for nearly 100 years!  The patriarch, Karl Wallenda, put together the first family act back in 1922 and his great-grandkids – Nik and Lijana – crossed a tightrope above New York’s Times Square as recently as 2019 which was broadcast live by ABC!

Wallendas may be born to walk the tightrope (and, sadly, some of them have met their destiny from one), but organizations are finding themselves regularly in a position where they’re forced to walk a tightrope between the data minimization goals within an organization enforced by data privacy compliance and information governance best practices and the conservative approach that many attorneys take during eDiscovery when preserving data for litigation holds.


So, how do organizations address all these goals effectively?  And what’s the role of the eDiscovery professional?  The answers to these questions (and more) are available in their article here.  And please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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