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Mastering the Art of Digital Data Collection

The success of any legal proceeding often hinges on the process of data collection. That’s why the integrity of digital data collection is paramount in any eDiscovery project. As a leading company in the litigation support and eDiscovery space, we understand how even the smallest of errors can have far-reaching consequences. As a result, we leverage cutting-edge technology and deliver unparalleled expertise to every project we work on.

Below you will find key considerations and recommendations to be used in any data collection that will provide the proper measures to safeguard the integrity and admissibility of your evidence.

Identify All Data Sources

The cornerstone of a successful data collection process lies in the comprehensive identification of potential data sources. Everest Discovery underscores the need to consider every repository – from email servers and databases to cloud storage, mobile devices and backup systems. Overlooking any source risks omitting crucial information from your investigation.

Preserve All Metadata

Metadata, the heartbeat of digital investigations, provides insights into file creation, modification and access. Everest Discovery emphasizes meticulous preservation of metadata to prevent the loss of valuable information. Preserving metadata not only deepens your investigation but also contributes to the accuracy and authenticity of the collected data.

Handle Evidence Properly

The handling of digital evidence demands precision and care to maintain its integrity and admissibility. Everest Discovery advocates for adherence to established procedures and guidelines during the collection and handling of digital evidence. Following best practices ensures your evidence stands up to scrutiny and legal challenges.

Document the Collection Process

A well-documented collection process is indispensable in establishing a chain of custody, crucial for authenticating digital evidence in court. Everest Discovery encourages practitioners to document each step, creating a comprehensive record that serves as a reliable trail of custody. This documentation is essential for bolstering the credibility of your evidence.

Use the Right Tools

Selecting the right tools or software for digital evidence collection is paramount. Everest Discovery understands the need for reliable and up-to-date software and tools tailored to the specific type of data being collected. The correct tools ensure the capture of complete and accurate results, minimizing the risk of errors or oversights. Having the right tools is not just efficient but essential to ensuring the capture of a complete and accurate review of digital interactions.

Back Up All Files

Everest Discovery stresses the importance of robust data backup procedures. Adhering to the 3-2-1 rule – creating one primary backup plus two copies of the data, saving backups to two different kinds of media and keeping at least one backup off-site – ensures the availability and security of your data, even in the face of unexpected challenges.

By following these recommendations, you can navigate the complexities of digital data collection with confidence. At Everest Discovery, we have the commitment, tools and expertise to assist you with your eDiscovery needs, ensuring a meticulous process that enhances the strength and reliability of your investigation or legal matter to bring success on your next project.