BlackStone Discovery’s Redaction Technology Proven Fastest in eDiscovery Industry

LineOut’s full row analysis provides native redactions at 100x the speed of its competitors


Silicon Valley, CA – October 18, 2017

BlackStone Discovery, Silicon Valley’s leading eDiscovery provider, has developed a native redaction tool to review and redact entire spreadsheets in a matter of seconds.

LineOut takes redaction to the next level by reading entire rows instead of individual cells. While other common redaction tools are comparable in their use of search terms to target information, they are unable to remove large blocks of data at the row level. For bulk redactions where efficiency is key, LineOut saves countless hours.

“There’s usefulness to be found in simpler redaction tools, but there’s nothing nearly as fast and cost-effective as LineOut,” says Jeff Carpenter, the lead developer of LineOut.  “The need for accurate and affordable row redaction was a problem that long beguiled our clients, and LineOut was specifically designed to meet that need.”

LineOut is the perfect solution for redacting large tables where each row is an entry. This pertains specifically to databases, which LineOut combs through faster than any other redaction tool. For highly customized redaction requests, LineOut can be used in tandem with BlackStone’s single-cell redaction tools to optimize results.

Reviewers with access to industry standard redaction technology can typically redact between 20 to 30 spreadsheets an hour. On average, LineOut redacts 727 spreadsheets an hour (over 12 per minute).

“For our clients, LineOut is a game changer,” Thomas Gersey, BlackStone’s Director of Client Solutions, said. “Finally, they have a cost-effective solution for the nightmare of imaging and redacting robust spreadsheets.”

BlackStone also knows that failing to redact hidden sheets can create a serious threat to PII.  However, unlike even the most robust tools available to date, LineOut automatically redacts all hidden sheets. LineOut also removes all external links and scrubs metadata, source code, and comments, ensuring that the data is permanently removed and unrecoverable. Lastly, spoliation issues are avoided as reviewers always keep the original file protected in order to review and defend redactions.

Many think that rapid growth in electronic information means that eDiscovery requires a larger investment, when in reality it just needs to be done smarter. This idea lies at the core of BlackStone Discovery’s mission: To deliver the fastest, most cost-effective solutions using technology like LineOut, the fastest native redaction tool on the market.