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Pack-Rats by Law: A Message Archiving Primer

Pack-Rats by Law: A Message Archiving Primer

by Rick Turoczy on September 8, 2004

What have the iPod mini and an e-mail archiving application got in common? The answer is that both are must-have products that everyone who hasn’t already should have on the shopping list. iPod minis are just a bit of fun, but there’s an important reason for implementing an e-mail archiving system this year: the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, designed to improve the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures, specifies severe punishments for company officers who fail to keep business documents. Although e-mail is often trivialized by its use for personal messaging, the courts regard e-mail (and attachments) – and the even more informal instant messaging – as business documents which must be retained for regulatory compliance. Sarbanes-Oxley specifies that business records should be kept for five years, and those related to audits and business reviews must be kept for seven years.

Pack-Rats by Law: A Message Archiving Primer

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