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Ruling Brings Clarity
I read IT Confidential with even more interest than usual when I saw John Soat talking about the new rules of discovery taking effect Dec. 1 ("Where Did I Put Those Incriminating E-Mails?" Nov. 13, 2006). His comments at the end of the article imply that this is a new headache for IT managers and that the Supreme Court can be blamed.

You have it backwards. In this case, the Supreme Court is doing IT managers a favor by codifying existing legal concepts that are on the books. Electronic information has always been considered evidence under English common law. Where there was a problem was in not being clear on how it should be properly applied. The result has been that lawyers were able to jerk IT workers around by forcing them to perform unnatural acts to get to the data.

The upside for IT managers is that it's forcing companies to spend money to upgrade older legacy repositories.

DAN ELAM
VP, eVisory
Richmond, Va.


No Paper Required
Your digital magazine format is very cool! All magazines should do it that way. I've been waiting patiently for magazines to start to cater to us anti-paper, tablet-PC-loving power users. I can't wait to try it on my Pocket PC and see how it works. Kudos!

RICARDO WILKINS
President, Nehemiah Enterprises
Columbus, Ohio

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