Each eDiscovery Use Case

Each eDiscovery Use Case Has an Investigation Component: eDiscovery Best Practices

My latest blog post for IPRO’s blog discusses how each eDiscovery use case – whether it’s officially considered an investigations or not – has an investigation component to it.

It’s common for eDiscovery professionals to talk about the “additional” use cases – beyond litigation – that have emerged in recent years for eDiscovery technology and workflows. Those use cases include data privacy compliance and responses to Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs), responses to audits, and even responses to Second Requests resulting from mergers or acquisitions as specified under the Hart–Scott–Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act).

I’m baffled by how many organizations – including large enterprises – fail to preserve data in these cases. Sometimes, there is intent to deprive the party of that ESI. But the issue still too often boils down to failures in legal hold that resulted in spoliation of ESI that should have been preventable.


Investigations are another use case to which the technology and workflows can be applied and we’re seeing it happen routinely in many organizations today.

So, what are some types of investigations? And how does each eDiscovery use case have an investigation component? You can find out on IPRO’s blog here. It’s just one extra click!  😉

BTW, IPRO recently released a white paper titled The State of Corporate Investigations in 2022, which summarizes the current state of internal investigations and lays out the key challenges that organizations face when it comes to managing their data during an investigation. It also reports (in much more detail than I can in a single blog post) how organizations are currently using eDiscovery technology to overcome those challenges and proposes additional ways that organizations can leverage eDiscovery tools and techniques to complete investigations quickly and efficiently across several use cases. Check it out here!

So, what do you think? Can you find the investigation component in each eDiscovery use case your organization has? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.


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