Data retention although very similar, not to be confused with the data protection act defines the policies of persistent data and records management for meeting legal and business data archival requirements.
A data retention policy weighs legal and privacy concerns against economics and need-to-know concerns to determine the retention time, archival rules, data formats, and the permissible means of storage, access, and encryption.
The policy of data retention under the The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 applies to a wide range of sources in which data is collect, how the data is stored
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