High-Profile Government Case Exposes Risk of Email Discovery

A very high-level legal case has been in process in British Columbia, Canada, and exposes just how important email records are. See this article.

In this case, the judge issued a statement asking for all email records pertaining to the case, no matter where they are located or if they exist at all. The judge is clearly displaying frustration caused by the defendant, who is unclear on the whereabouts of the email in question. The judge goes on to say if the email cannot be found, then she will issue an adverse judgment and dismiss the case.

All this means that email record keeping is very serious business, and if you rely on backup tapes, you are likely to find your company in the same messy situation as this case. Email archiving is the obvious solution for preserving email for company records and legal discovery.

... David Ferris

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