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UK—ICO issues guidance on deleting personal data

In August, the Information Commissioner's Office released a short guidance on deleting personal data. The document aims to clarify the regulator's interpretation of some of the requirements surrounding the archiving and deletion of personal data.
For modern day businesses, it is now virtually the norm to store documents in electronic format rather than in paper copy. Employees exchanging e-mails between themselves and with the outside world is now, alongside the telephone, the main means of corporate communication. With this in mind, organisations need to have not only well thought-through business continuity solutions but also strong archiving systems. It is the latter and operating them in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) that the ICO guidance comments on.

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