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How to manage data security during e-discovery

Ultimately, in-house counsel are responsible for what happens to data

This article is the fourth of a four-part series. In parts 1-3 we looked security standards, best practices and the difference between IT and legal perspectives on data security.

Maintaining data security is challenging enough with regular records management and destruction policies, but it becomes much more complicated during the discovery phase. In-house counsel not only need to worry about keeping data from being lost or falling into the wrong hands, but they also need to be able to document an unbroken chain of custody throughout the entire process. Any breaches or gaps in security during e-discovery can lead to claims of spoliation by opposing counsel or even sanctions by the judge.

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Stacy Jackson

Stacy Jackson is corporate counsel with IE Discovery. She has managed IE Discovery’s legal services team, working directly with client attorneys in charge of cases...

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