Data preservation and web collection technology has become a critical business component in today’s hyper-online environment. With so much content mounting each minute – evolving, expanding, even disappearing – businesses across all industries need a truly defensible web content collection.
The following are the four most common ways web content preservation meets litigation in the business world:
1. Intellectual Property
Litigation mainly involving copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret issues is among the largest concerns for companies that need data preservation. A common intellectual property scenario involving data preservation is collecting all web-based content a company’s engineers use to create products during development. Common platforms that contain relevant content are Confluence, Jira, Mediawiki, Sharepoint, Github, Yammer, Slack and many others.
2. Labor And Employment
Do you know how many internal platforms your company is using to communicate socially and professionally? For an enterprise company, it could be as many as 100 web-based platforms and software, as well as public social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You must preserve data from these platforms to defend against pending class actions suits, single and multiple plaintiff employment defense, discrimination cases, and wage and hour cases.
3. Commercial Litigation
General business litigation can include business practice defense, regulatory litigation matters, and contract disputes. Right down to online consumer reviews of a product, disclosure of terms, policies and practices, this is a broad area where many litigation risks may occur, so a comprehensive web content collection is highly recommended.
4. Insurance Defense
Insurance is significant, covering a lot of ground, including personal injury lawsuits. Often, where insurance is concerned today, web content must be collected in a lawsuit to defend a company against a case. For example, consider Facebook posts, Youtube videos, blog posts or Tweets that do not support claims made by the plaintiff.
These common litigious scenarios reach across many industries, which exemplifies the need for a modern, defensible way to capture and collect web content. To substantiate your claim against a lawsuit, you need proof that’s readily available. If you look back and the proof isn’t there, risk becomes reality.
Traditional methods for web archiving simply aren’t enough.
Websites today contain many features that don’t translate to other formats. If you don’t preserve your content in native format – meaning web pages function as they did on the day in question with rich media files and interactive elements – your content isn’t going to be viewable any other way. Your partner for data preservation must have the modern collection technology to identify every interactive element.
While most lawsuits never make it to court, the associated web content could affect how negotiations go outside of court. A native-format, defensible web content collection helps you back up or refute claims. In other words, it’s the leverage you need when your business is at risk of fines, penalties and reputational damage.
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