Short Message Data and the EDRM

Jul 10, 2024 3:46:17 PM / by Ryan Short

The landscape of eDiscovery is evolving rapidly, driven by the proliferation of short message data. This type of data encompasses messaging platforms beyond traditional email, such as texts, Teams, Slack, and many others. As these forms of communication become increasingly dominant in both personal and professional contexts, they bring unique challenges and considerations for litigation and investigations.

Short message data conversations are often shared rapidly, and in brief snippets, between multiple parties. The rapid and fragmented nature of this can make the review process significantly more complex compared to a more straightforward communication, like email threads. For lawyers, navigating this data can be a daunting task due to the volume, slang, and nuances of these messages.

Nor surprisingly, short message data touches the entire Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). The EDRM is a conceptual framework that outlines the stages involved in the eDiscovery process, from information governance and identification to review and production. This model, first released in 2005, serves as the foundational guide for managing and processing electronic data during litigation.

Given the rising prevalence of short message data, understanding its implications within the EDRM is crucial for legal professionals. Effective handling of this data spans the entire process, from initial identification and preservation to analysis and production.

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To help you delve deeper into this important topic, and look into the role that legal teams play, we have created an infographic that explores some nuances of short message data and its impact on eDiscovery and litigation preparation. This resource provides valuable insights and practical tips for preparing for litigation involving short message data.

To learn more about how short message data influences the eDiscovery process and to get practical tips for managing this type of data, download our comprehensive infographic.





Tags: Information Governance, Document Review, Data Collection, eDiscovery

Ryan Short

Written by Ryan Short

Ryan joined Proteus in 2020. He is an MBA and a Certified eDiscovery Specialist with over a decade of experience in publicly traded, PE-backed, and bootstrapped entities focused on technology-enabled services. Ryan lives in Indianapolis with his wife and their 5 children under the age of 9. Consequently, his wife won't let him buy a dog.