This two-part series outlines what legal teams should expect to encounter with Slack data in e-discovery. Part one below outlines the unique challenges posed by Slack. Part two will share best practices for dealing with those common challenges to achieve high quality production of chat data for litigation.

The proliferation of collaboration and chat tools such as Slack and Teams has, in some ways, been a wonderful gift, in that they make it significantly easier for people to communicate with each other in the workplace in a less formal, more natural way than email. This has been particularly useful — and even enjoyable — during the past two years, when most people were working remotely and missing the interaction of the office setting.