Metadata is constantly proving itself valuable in a variety of situations. Most recently, it was used in a whistleblower lawsuit to land a win. This interesting information came to us from JD Supra in their article, “Metadata Plays Key Role in $10.8 Million Whistleblower Lawsuit Verdict: eDiscovery Case Law.”

Earlier this month, federal jurors awarded nearly $8 million to the former general counsel of a company who says he was fired because he blew the whistle on his company’s potential violation of a foreign bribery law.

A key aspect of the jury’s decision related to metadata establishing the date and time when a key document was created.

Metadata is data that provides information about other data. It was traditionally used in the card catalogs of libraries until the 1980s, when libraries converted their catalog data to digital databases. In the 2000s, as digital formats were becoming the prevalent way of storing data and information, metadata began to be used to describe digital data using metadata standards.

Melody K. Smith

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