Should ISO be empowered to govern the worldwide standards for e-discovery?

Posted on 06-04-2013 by
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In Catalyst’s E-Discovery Search blog, Bob Ambrogi posed the question, “Should There Be An International Standard for E-Discovery?” While he didn’t answer with a resounding “yes” or “no,” he had this to say:

[T]here is no question that a uniform set of precise and specific standards could be beneficial both for consumers and providers of e-discovery services and technology. The only real question, perhaps, is whether agreement on such standards could ever be reached.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is creating a working draft (ISO/IEC NP 27050) of international standards governing the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). The potential significance of technical standards is greater technical guidance for lawyers, judges, organizations and vendors.

It all sounds good, but what about the following questions:

  • Are technical standards premature as technology / litigation software continues to advance?
  • Is the potential here for technology experts to cross into legal expertise?
  • Does this provide ISO with a monopoly on e-discovery thinking?

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