E-discovery tools and processes, however, are lagging far behind this mobility trend. During a discovery case, lawyers looking for evidence can demand access to all company data — a process made much more convoluted when that data is not only on the organization’s network, but also scattered on numerous employees’ personal mobile devices.

“It’s kind of an iceberg problem: Everybody’s got it on the horizon, but very few people have addressed it yet,” said Gregory Buckles, cofounder and principal analyst at The eDJ Group Inc. “It is definitely on the radar of the plaintiffs who are asking for data; they know that unique data lives on these devices.”

As companies increasingly store data and host applications on employees’ personal mobile devices and the cloud, it’s a mistake to put potential e-discovery issues on the back burner, experts say. Consumerization and the cloud create huge e-discovery risks for organizations, particularly because they dramatically complicate access protocols and create potential privacy concerns.

These complications will likely continue as cloud use and mobility proliferate in the corporate world. A 2011 Gartner Inc. study predicted that through 2016, less than 1% of organizations will deploy sufficient technology to fully insulate themselves from mobile e-discovery challenges.

You can read more at E-Discovery Tools and Processess Lacking In The Face of Cloud, BYOD in TechTarget by Ben Cole