Technology: Embracing the use of mobile devices in e-discovery

Employees’ use of mobile devices for both work and personal matters is accelerating and is likely irreversible

What are the implications of mobile devices for e-discovery? Let’s face it. Mobile devices are a disruptive technology. That smartphone in your pocket — like the tablet in your brief case — is more powerful than a Cray 2 supercomputer, the world’s fastest computer just a quarter of a century ago. It was the size of a large washing machine.

Blurring the line between work and personal life, smartphones and tablets have become all-in-one devices. Tablets are fast becoming an alternative to PCs, and smartphones perform many of the same functions as tablets. Gartner predicts tablets will outsell PCs by 2015. Previously perceived largely as devices for content consumption, tablets are increasingly being used for content creation.

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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans is a partner at Gibson Dunn. His practice focuses on complex litigation, including information technology, data privacy and e-discovery.

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