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US Supreme Court Rules Make Firms Track e-mails, IMs

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Post Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:36 pm

US Supreme Court Rules Make Firms Track e-mails, IMs

Looks like those companies in the industry that make storage equipment just got some sales help from the US government. And who says lobbying doesn't help business.

WASHINGTON - U.S. companies will need to keep track of all the e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees thanks to new federal rules that go into effect Friday, legal experts say.

The rules, approved by the Supreme Court in April, require companies and other entities involved in federal litigation to produce "electronically stored information" as part of the discovery process, when evidence is shared by both sides before a trial.

The change makes it more important for companies to know what electronic information they have and where.  Under the new rules, an information technology employee who routinely copies over a backup computer tape could be committing the equivalent of "virtual shredding," said Alvin F. Lindsay, a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP and expert on technology and litigation.


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Post Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:23 pm

Re: US Supreme Court Rules Make Firms Track e-mails, IMs

Is there a definitive legal requirement that clearly specifies how long in months/years stored electronic communications and/or system logs must be kept?

I've heard alot of people mention "guidelines", but nothing concrete that I can go to management and say we have to store something X amount of years so you better buy this additional storage or we will be fined X amount of dollars.
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Post Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:51 pm

Re: US Supreme Court Rules Make Firms Track e-mails, IMs

This is bad news for smaller companies as they will have a harder time getting the cash to support the new requirement. In the end it's a good idea I just wonder if there will be any fines to go along with the new law.

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