Tuesday, February 13, 2007

E-mail retention policies, Part 1

Why e-mail retention is not just a good idea
One of the big factors driving proper retention and destruction of e-mail is that e-mails are discoverable evidence in both civil procedures as well as criminal investigations. Retention of e-mail and other unstructured content such as instant messaging is also required in certain industries, particularly in the financial industries where brokerage house have been fined millions of dollars for failure to produce e-mails in a timely fashion.

For example, Morgan Stanley was fined $15 million by the Securities & Exchange Commission for failing to produce e-mail messages promptly in response to court-authorized demands for evidentiary discovery.

Click here for the full story (Part 1).

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