Why Gmail is Important

Why Gmail is Important for eDiscovery: eDiscovery Trends

This week’s Hanzo post comes from Dave Ruel, who discusses why Gmail is important for eDiscovery! It’s used more often – and for more reasons – than you think!

In the article Analysis Of The Importance Of Gmail For Ediscovery, Dave discusses what discoverable data may be found in Gmail. For example, a custodian’s Gmail might contain:

  • contracts with clients or with service providers,
  • internal communications about product development and intellectual property,
  • product specification sheets,
  • marketing campaign drafts, and
  • inquiries from customers along with their corresponding answers.

That may not surprise you, but this may provide some additional insight: According to Statista, market share usage of Google apps (including, of course, Gmail) is 46.44%, only slightly behind M365 at 48.08%. Kids in many schools today are learning how to use computers via low-cost Chromebooks using – you guessed it – G-Suite and Gmail. I know my kids are. Outlook email is no longer as dominant as it once was.


Gmail and G-Suite also figured prominently in this case from last year involving hyperlinked “attachments”.

Those are just some of the reasons that illustrate Gmail’s importance for eDiscovery! Check out Dave’s post here – the first in a three-part series on discovery of Gmail.

So, what do you think? How important is Gmail for eDiscovery in your organization? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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