Recently, I asked Siri, the intelligent personal assistant on Apple’s iOS system, how to conduct e-discovery on data generated on an Apple device. Although polite, she was confused (she still did not understand even after I explained that I was asking about “data,” not a “dad egg”). After apologizing for not answering my question, she offered to search the Web.
In fairness to Siri, it is a quandary: Even mobile forensic investigators are challenged as to how to view encrypted email and data on the latest generation of Apple mobile devices. But it is a question that the legal community is asking more often with the proliferation of Mac computers, iPhones, and iPads in the workplace. As of January 2012, almost half of all companies with 1,000 or more employees used Macs and planned to increase their use by 52 percent by the end of 2012, according to Forrester Research. The challenges of accessing data are further complicated by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) enterprise environments that give employees the flexibility to use personally-owned devices to connect to the corporate network for some IT services, such as email.