Survey: many in corporate IT not prepared for new ediscovery rules
According to a new survey just released by Computerworld magazine, a significant percentage U.S. corporations are not completly ready for electronic document discovery (ediscovery) rules set to take effect on December 1.
Set by the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Supreme Court's Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, the rules stipulate that when companies are involved in civil litigation, they have 30 days to tell the court involved as well as their fellow litigants how they will handle electronic data such as email and instant messaging logs.
The firms need to agree on which records are to be shared, as well as the electronic format that is to be used in the vent these records are shared.
Of 170 IT officers and staff surveyed by Computerworld, the following overlapping percentages
- 42% did not know the status of their company's preparation for the new rules;
- 32% said their company was not prepared at all;
- 15% said their company was halfway or somewhat prepared, and
- 5% said their company was completely prepared;
- unspecified small percentages said they thought their counsel knew about it;
- unspecified small percentages said this was the first time they had heard of these rules.
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