In the March 2014 edition of the New York County Lawyer, the Guide’s Matt Knouff interviews Mark Sidoti, Director of Gibbons P.C.’s Products Liability and Business & Commercial Litigation Departments and Chair of the firm’s E-Discovery Task Force, and Kevin Treuberg, former Counterintelligence Special Agent and current Director of Forensic Services at Complete Discovery Source (CDS) about the frightening and oft-misunderstood practice that is self-collection. Check it out starting on page two.
Basic Survival Tips for Self-Collection:
1. “Self-collection” should not mean “leave the client to their own devices.” If custodians are enlisted in the process of data retrieval, it should be a carefully monitored process with appropriate assistance from counsel under the circumstances. Proceed with caution.
2. Engage your collecting witness regarding their data management practices. Empower yourself by knowing as much as possible about company-wide policies and procedures regarding data governance, but also take the time to understand individual practices and proclivities.
3. The “Download a copy of your Facebook data” feature on Facebook has its limitations such as the inability to capture video data and a user’s posts on other user accounts “walls” or “‘timelines.”
4. Cloud-based solutions such as Dropbox or SkyDrive are not necessarily designed to facilitate a defensible self-collection protocol. Always take steps to collect data from its original source location.
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