A lot of people don’t even know what Microsoft Loop is, much less how it impacts discovery. ProSearch has written a terrific new white paper with Microsoft Loop considerations for eDiscovery and compliance!
Loop components were introduced to Microsoft Teams last year, allowing chat participants to collaboratively edit a single message in real time across multiple Microsoft 365 tools. The problem is that Loop components are saved as custom independent files in OneDrive, and once collected, there is no way to review the contents. There are no tools within Microsoft or otherwise that can accurately display the content within a Loop component. Microsoft’s own advice is to turn the feature off if this presents a problem for discovery or compliance. Given that Loop is enabled by default, this guidance may come too late for clients deep into their litigations when their users have already generated and shared Loop content.
The easy-to-read 7-page white paper, written by Damir Kahvedžić, Ph.D. and Ryan Hemmel and available here, goes into detail on what Microsoft Loop components are, the problems they cause for eDiscovery and compliance, how Loop components are handled by Relativity review today and how to turn off Loop components if they’re causing too many eDiscovery and compliance issues.
Thanks to Damir, Ryan and the ProSearch team for keeping us “in the loop” regarding Microsoft Loop! See what I did there? 😉
So, what do you think? Do you know what Microsoft Loop is and how it impacts eDiscovery and compliance? If you read this guide, you will! Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
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