[WEBINAR] Application Acceleration: Faster Performance for End Users

Legal Hold

Definition - What does Legal Hold mean?

A legal hold is a situation wherein a business or organization makes changes to its method of records management in order to preserve information because of a pending litigation. In the digital age, it often involves the handling of business data across sophisticated IT architectures.

Legal hold may also be called “preservation” order or “hold” order.

Techopedia explains Legal Hold

In addition to pending litigation, a legal hold may be put in place because of an audit and/or an investigation. This will affect corporate policy in a number of ways. For example, a legal hold will often change the rules on how data are backed up in a system, how tape vaults or other storage archives are maintained, and whether physical storage media are recycled. Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in the United States address e-discovery or the discovery of digital information to bring local processes into the 21st century.

The philosophy behind a legal hold is aimed at preventing the “spoliation” of evidence, including the destruction of physical evidence, alteration of digital records, or other changes that can be damaging to the defense. Internal counsel often generates a legal hold in order to keep important information handy.

Techopedia Deals

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
"Techopedia" on Twitter

Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud:
The Path to Hybrid Cloud: Intelligent Bursting To Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.