Hold it Right There! Literally!: eDiscovery Best Practices

This week’s blog post for IPRO’s blog is about the importance of legal holds and best practices for implementing a legal hold. Early in my blogging career, I wrote a cleverly titled (at least I thought so) blog post titled “Hold it Right There”, which discussed that very topic. A few years later, I re-issued an updated version of that post on a “Throwback Thursday”, discussing the importance of extending legal holds to other sources of data (like text and other messaging programs) and the benefits of using technology to automate the legal hold notification process.

But compared to today’s world, the blog post title “Hold it Right There” was a misnomer. Back then, we may have identified data for which we needed to apply a legal hold, but many (if not most) organizations still applied the “preserve by collecting” approach to preservation where you collected everything you might need, pushed it downstream and figured it out later. That approach doesn’t work anymore – for legal hold or for early data assessment (EDA).

So, why is the blog post title “Hold it Right There” more meaningful today? What percentage of documents historically are not relevant? What are the Three Stages of Legal Hold Maturity? And why is there a picture of skydivers on the top of this blog post? You can find out on IPRO’s blog here! 😉 It’s also where you can get access to two terrific resources with more answers!

So, what do you think? What do you think a fully mature legal hold program looks like today? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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