On 22 May 2013, 7Safe brought together eDiscovery experts, practitioners, legal professionals and business users from a wide variety of organisations at the Quarterly eDiscovery networking evening in London. The event was designed to prompt debate and discussion around the latest technical challenges of audio discovery and computer forensics.
7Safe’s senior commercial forensics expert, Paul Cain, kick-started the debate by testing the audience’s knowledge of forensics, concluding that all legal professionals dealing with ESI should, as a minimum, understand:
- the fundamentals of data storage
- the differences between forensics and eDiscovery
- the correct way to collect data and avoid spoliation
- how to spot whether data integrity has been compromised.
Aidan Jarvis then shared some insights into challenges and opportunities of audio eDiscovery, concluding that current audio review technology needs to be supplemented with customised methods to work best. The main points were:
- the basic phonetic search technology platforms are very good and getting better
- audio data and metadata is much harder to preserve and collect than ‘regular’ ESI
- data loading and configuration is relatively simple when audio culling techniques have been employed
- pre-review ECA’esque activities will help focus the review stage (and reduce review cost) if done well
- customisation of the database is essential to enable you to efficiently manage the review stage
- production takes time and needs to be planned in advance.
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