WeChat E-discovery: Avoiding Pitfalls with a Critical Resource

Technology | Legaltech News, September 17, 2020 (Reprint)

September 22, 2020

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WeChat data can be critical for many U.S. and international matters where activities with customers, suppliers, subsidiaries, or employees in China are under investigation. However, despite the potential treasure trove contained on the platform, getting access often ranges from tricky to impossible.

In this article, FTI Consulting recognises the new but familiar issues with gaining access to such a resource and outlines steps to mitigate risks during recovery and analysis to ultimately show that data from the WeChat platform can be efficiently brought to bear in high stakes matters.

This is an extract from Legaltech News, first published on Law.com September 17, 2020. The entire publication is available at https://www.law.com/legaltechnews/2020/09/17/wechat-e-discovery-avoiding-pitfalls-with-a-critical-resource/

"WeChat is the most widely used communication and social media platform in China. It has roughly 1 billion active users who typically spend over an hour per day using the app. Need to send a message, make a call, share a file, read the news, pay for a meal or order a ride? WeChat has you covered across the board. The app also offers a wide array of games, music and content streaming.

More than one-third of all mobile data traffic in China goes through WeChat —given its ubiquity and broad capabilities, it’s hard not to use WeChat in China. This is true for both personal and business matters and the two can easily get intertwined, which poses a challenge for companies investigating internal matters or for those that are required to produce relevant documents in disputes."

Reprinted with permission from the September 17, 2020 edition of Legaltech News. ? 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved.

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