Do you need a Twitter e-discovery Policy?

[updated to include quotes from a second source suggested by Stephen Northcutt, President of the SANS Institute]

Debra Logan, a Gartner Analyst, argues that while organizations may need a Twitter e-discovery policy, it should mainly be based on common sense as opposed to yet-another-policy-about-technology.
A well thought out, consistent policy, one that is enforced, for all electronic communications, is what you need.
As to whether you should be saving every tweet, the answer is that you'll have to read the original article.

Src: Debra Logan | Gartner Blog

After seeing my post/tweet, @StephenNorthcut, President of the SANS Institute, send me a link to another source by Christopher Danzig, containing more legal details and cases. This next article is definitely worth reading. Christopher points to the need to establish (and enforce) policies preventing the mixing of business/personal use of social networks -- they should be used for one, or the other, but not both.
There are no hard and fast rules or substantial case law at this point regarding admissibility and discoverability of online communications, but experts say legal departments should follow this guiding principle: If information is potentially relevant, then it’s also discoverable.
So, next time you're drafting a 140-character message, realize it is not private and may very well become part legal case.

Src: Messaging Mess |

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