April 16, 2024 by Bojana Krstic

Master Compliance by Archiving Microsoft Teams Channels and Chats

Proper archiving of Microsoft Teams channels and chats is essential to meet legal and regulatory mandates and ensure data is available for ediscovery and audit processes.

In this article, we’ll cover the role of archiving Microsoft Teams channels and chats, focusing on compliance and regulatory requirements and how Jatheon’s archiving solutions can streamline this task.

Archiving Teams Channels and Chats for Compliance

Organizations are responsible for ensuring that all forms of digital communication comply with applicable laws and regulations. Industries such as healthcare, finance, education, and government are particularly affected, each bound by specific data retention policies like HIPAA, FINRA, FERPA, and FOIA.

For instance, healthcare organizations must secure and maintain patient communications to comply with HIPAA regulations and ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patient information.

Under FINRA’s rules, financial services firms must keep business-related communications for a minimum period to prevent fraud and ensure market integrity.

Educational institutions should do the same under FERPA regulation.

Similarly, public agencies must archive communications to respond accurately and promptly to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Non-compliance can lead to severe consequences, including fines, legal disputes, and damage to reputation. It is not only about storing data. It’s more about doing so in a way that meets all legal requirements for accessibility, integrity, and security.

The archive must capture the content of communications and associated metadata, which can provide context such as the time and date stamps, participant identities, and changes to shared files. This level of detail is crucial for the data to be considered valid during legal or audit proceedings.

What Needs to Be Archived

Microsoft Teams generates various data types during normal operations, each potentially relevant to compliance, open data and ediscovery requests These include:

  • Messages — Text conversations within channels or through direct messages, including edited and deleted messages.
  • Files — Documents shared within Teams, whether uploaded directly to the chat or through integrated services like OneDrive or SharePoint.
  • Meeting Content — Details of scheduled meetings, video recordings, attendee lists, shared notes, and any content produced during the meeting.
  • Metadata — Information that provides context to communications and interactions, such as timestamps, user identification, and interaction history.

How Archiving Microsoft Teams Supports Compliance and Audits

Effective archiving solutions do more than store data — they enable organizations to meet rigorous compliance requirements and efficiently handle legal requests.

Here’s how a well-implemented archiving system for Microsoft Teams channels and chats can become a compliance asset:

  • Streamlined ediscovery — Thanks to well-organized metadata and indexing systems, organizations can search a vast archive precisely and identify relevant information.
  • Audit efficiency — Regular audits are part of maintaining compliance, especially in regulated industries. Archived data must be accessible and easy to review. Archiving solutions that offer intuitive access interfaces and robust search capabilities simplify this process.
  • Protection against data tampering — A secure archiving solution ensures that once data is stored, it cannot be altered or deleted without proper authorization.
  • Legal preparedness — Quick access to a comprehensive archive allows organizations to respond effectively to legal actions.

Best Practices for Microsoft Teams Archiving

Effective archiving is about implementing the right tools and best practices that ensure data integrity and compliance.

Here are some key guidelines to follow when archiving Microsoft Teams:

  1. Define clear archiving policies — Establish and document specific policies regarding what data should be archived, how long it should be stored, and who has access to it.
  2. Regularly update retention policies — As regulations and organizational needs change, it’s important to review and update retention policies regularly. This ensures that your practices remain compliant with current laws.
  3. Ensure comprehensive training — Employees should be trained on the importance of compliance and how to use the archiving system effectively. This includes understanding what data needs to be preserved and how to handle sensitive information properly.
  4. Monitor and audit archiving practices — Regular monitoring and auditing of archiving practices help identify potential issues early, allowing for timely corrections.
  5. Leverage advanced search capabilities — Quickly locating specific items within the archive can significantly reduce the time and effort required during ediscovery or audits.

Jatheon’s Approach to Archiving Microsoft Teams

Jatheon has developed archiving solutions for Microsoft Teams, ensuring that organizations can meet their compliance obligations seamlessly.

Automated archiving

Jatheon Cloud captures Teams chats (one-on-one and group conversations) and channels including:

  • Names of the participants: sender and recipient in 1:1 conversations
  • Conversation name
  • Group conversation name and the number of participants
  • Date and time
  • Message content (plain text, links, stickers, emojis, GIFs, photos, videos, audio messages, files)

Automation ensures that the archiving process is consistent and error-free, minimizing the risk of compliance breaches due to human error or oversight.

Secure data storage and management

Through state-of-the-art encryption and secure storage solutions, Jatheon ensures that archived data is protected. This level of security guarantees that data is accessible only to authorized personnel, maintaining confidentiality and integrity.

Easy retrieval and access controls

With Jatheon’s advanced search tools users can quickly locate specific documents or communications based on various criteria. Additionally, the system includes comprehensive access controls, ensuring that only designated personnel can retrieve sensitive information, which is crucial for maintaining data privacy and security.

Compliance with multiple regulations

Jatheon’s solutions are designed to help organizations comply with various regulatory requirements, including HIPAA, FINRA, FERPA and FOIA.


Archiving Microsoft Teams channels and chats is critical to an organization’s compliance strategy. By implementing Jatheon’s archiving solutions, organizations can ensure that they comply with relevant regulations and enhance their operational efficiencies through streamlined data management and retrieval processes.


What types of data from Microsoft Teams should be archived?

All messages, files, meeting content, and relevant metadata within Microsoft Teams should be archived to ensure compliance and facilitate effective data retrieval.

How does archiving Teams channels help in meeting compliance requirements?

Archiving helps retain essential records, provide evidence for legal disputes, and fulfill regulatory demands for data retention and accessibility.

What makes Jatheon’s archiving solutions ideal for Microsoft Teams?

Jatheon offers automated, secure, and compliant archiving processes tailored specifically for Microsoft Teams, ensuring all necessary data is captured and easily retrievable.

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About the Author
Bojana Krstic
Bojana Krstic is the Head of Content and SEO at Jatheon and an experienced writer on topics like data archiving, ediscovery, and compliance. When AFK, you’ll find her hiking, discovering new music, or road-tripping.

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