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E-Mail Auto Delete Policies in Minnesota County Stir Debate

Magazine article Information Management

E-Mail Auto Delete Policies in Minnesota County Stir Debate

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In Hennepin County, Minn., government transparency advocates are unsettled by policies adopted by local governments that allow them to auto-delete e-mail. Most worrying to the advocates is a 30-day e-mail retention policy adopted by the sheriff's office.

"If you've got stuff in there you really don't want the world to see then the best way to deal with that is to get rid of it," Don Gemberling of the Minnesota Coalition for Government Information told television news outlet KARE. "It's pretty easy here in Minnesota because of vague language in our statutes that regulates the retention of government information."

Sheriff Rich Stanek defended the policy, citing the updated schedule and policy will allow the county to be better data stewards while reducing storage expenses.

will continue to comply with state rules requiring that certain messages, depending on content, be retained longer.

Gemberling claims such a process can be subjective because employees must manually move the e-mails into folders that are immune from the auto-deletion functions. …

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