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Published: 01 Nov 2012

When it comes to record retention and deletion, IT pros are expected to figure it out on their own. Some sweeping legislation (Sarbanes-Oxley, for example) simply isn't helpful when it comes to providing rules for records keeping; for example, it requires you to set and follow a policy so you don't delete things willy-nilly after an ediscovery request, but it doesn't tell you how to set that policy. And SEC, IRS, FRCP, HIPAA, SAS 70 and OSHA regulations, as well as state legislation, can all impact the same data. The confusion can sometimes lead to extreme measures, says Bob Barrett, CIO at Babcock Power Inc., a Worcester, MA-based utility company. "I had a CTO a few years back who had an interesting approach, but I'm not sure I have the guts to pull it off," says Barrett. "He had a filter that deleted every email he sent every two weeks." Of course, a company-wide policy on deletion is tough to enforce and something you have to get your in-house legal team to approve. Currently, Barrett is looking into EMC's Email-Xtender and IBM's CommonStore as possible ... Access >>>

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