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    ISO Moves Forward on E-Discovery Standard

    May 22, 2013
    A technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved moving ahead with a standard for e-discovery, as reported last month in Law Technology News. The official title for the standard is “ISO/IEC 27050, Information Technology—Security Techniques—Electronic Discovery.” The work is being coordinated under ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC27 (IT Security Techniques). Several other ISO committees have liaison relationships with this sub-committee – including ISO TC46/SC11 (Archives/records management).

    A technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved moving ahead with a standard for e-discovery, as reported last month in Law Technology News. The official title for the standard is “ISO/IEC 27050, Information Technology—Security Techniques—Electronic Discovery.” The work is being coordinated under ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC27 (IT Security Techniques). Several other ISO committees have liaison relationships with this sub-committee – including ISO TC46/SC11 (Archives/records management).

    Once completed, the new guidance standard will provide an overview of e-discovery and electronically stored information (ESI), define terminology, and address the technological and process challenges associated with e-discovery. This will be the first release in what’s expected to become a multipart standard that provides requirements as well as guidance.

    The new standard will reportedly incorporate elements from the U.S. Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, The Sedona Conference®, various state-sponsored best-practice guidelines, and contributions from other experts in the field. It is not intended to supersede or contradict local laws and regulations.

    Several countries’ ISO delegations support the project, including the United States, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Belgium, Singapore, Norway, Mexico, South Africa, Italy, and the Republic of Korea. Comments and contributions on the working draft will be due by mid-September and processed at the technical committee’s meeting in October.

    For those who may be unfamiliar with the ISO process, the following information may be useful. Now that the project has been approved, the initial development work will be done within the committee itself. When the committee has finalized a committee draft, the draft international standard will be released for balloting among the national member bodies. This ballot period will allow for additional input from the member countries of ISO.

    If you don’t feel you can wait for the ISO standard on e-discovery, ARMA International has numerous resources that can assist you in the meantime. They include:

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