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Investigation of missing IRS email holds lessons for your business

Tony Bradley | July 23, 2014
Congress has been pursuing an investigation into alleged misconduct at the IRS, and as a part of that investigation it requested emails from former IRS director Lois Lerner for the timeframe in question. The response Congress got was those emails--along with any archive or backups of those emails--have been erased and are no longer available. There are legal and compliance requirements organizations must abide by when it comes to retention of information, and the IRS apparently dropped the ball.

Businesses should also ensure data is properly backed up and any applicable data retention requirements are complied with. Destroying one hard drive should not, in and of itself, be sufficient for wiping the data from existence.

Congress and the IRS will have to sort out their mess, but you can learn from the apparent mistakes of the IRS and make sure you have policies and procedures in place to prevent a similar fiasco in your organization.


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