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FOIA & Public disclosure: get it out and get it right with auto-classification and auto-redaction

Jay Schneider | May 24, 2018

When it comes to Public Records requests, what I hear most from FOIA and Public Disclosure Officers is how critical it is to "get it out" and "get it right." Our clients are under great pressure to respond to each request by the legal deadline ("Get it out!") while also ensuring that no sensitive or exempt documents are released ("Get it Right!"). 

Failure to respond to a request within the required timeline can result in penalties and fines, yet in the rush to review and provide the responsive records, the risk of inadvertent disclosure is high. The good news for ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery users is that our Auto-classification and Auto-redaction features mean not having to choose between the need to "get it out" and "get it right!"


Then ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery processes emails, documents, audio/video, or any of the other hundreds of supported file types, it can classify the data into categories before your review begins. The first time you start to look at the documents in ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery, the categorization facets will indicate which documents contain potentially sensitive or exempt information.

Whether it's social security numbers, banking info, ID numbers or even documents containing a juvenile’s information, ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery can show you which documents contain potentially sensitive information and need your attention. Auto-classification can also show you the data owner, source of the files, types of files and even review progress and disclosure readiness, so you know where you are at every step of the process.



Remember the days of printing out files, blacking out sensitive information with a marker, photocopying the document because you could still see the redaction text through the marker…(I’m exhausting myself just writing about it, and, sadly, I still run into organizations where this is the practice!)? Even organizations using electronic tools to apply redactions often spend a tremendous amount of time pouring over each document, painstakingly searching for sensitive information and manually applying those redactions.

ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery's auto-redaction capabilities enable you to let the system automatically redact sensitive information. But that's not all, there's more! In addition to the automatic redaction, the reason for the redaction will automatically be recorded and used to populate and exemption log and redaction report. So what happens when you do want a human to manually apply a redaction? ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery has you covered again, providing you with pre-populated exemption and redaction reason codes. When it does come time to disclose the records (“Get it out!”), you'll know that sensitive information has been protected (Get it Right!).

FOIA and public disclosure

Auto-classification and Auto-redaction features are just two of the ways ZyLAB ONE eDiscovery can help you "Get it out" and "Get it right!" To learn more listen to the recording of our webinar “Leveraging Technology for Efficient Public Records Requests.”

Written by Jay Schneider

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