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Best Practices: Records Retention Policies and Schedules

Published: 03 June 2010

ID: G00201184

Analyst(s): Kenneth Chin, Debra Logan


Information retention policies and schedules are the basis of effective records management. Enforcing these helps avoid litigation problems. As the volume and diversity of electronic content grows, the retention and destruction of this content is more critical.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Know the Difference Between Records Management and Business Continuity Archiving
    • Creating a Records Retention Policy
    • Conducting a Content Inventory
    • Creating a Retention Schedule
    • Elements of a Records Retention Schedule
    • Implementing a Records Retention Policy

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