The importance of email archiving for government purposes was recently highlighted during a session of the New York Assembly, the state’s lower legislative branch. An effort to change the state’s email archiving practices gained a level of bipartisan support.
A bill pushing for the adoption of more robust email retention standards, originally introduced by Democratic assemblymen from Manhattan, was joined by Dan Stec, a Republican from the southern Adirondacks. The bill would require the state government to retain all emails for seven years if it passes, similar to current federal policy.
The current standard in New York state is just 90 days until old emails are deleted, a policy that has drawn its share of negative attention. As electronic records retention continues to be a popular topic, government agencies have to have the right tools and policies in place.