Obama Reaffirms Freedom of Information Act

Government agencies at all levels are responsible for disseminating public information. This includes both paper and electronic information. Electronic information includes email, files, documents, spreadsheets, and all other forms of electronic information. President Obama recently issued this memorandum that endorses U.S. FOIA and reaffirms the commitment to accountability and transparency at all government branches.

Government agencies in countries with Freedom of Information acts must carefully plan for retention of electronic information, including email, to comply with such rulings. Email records are very challenging to manage and search due to the inherent limitations of the email server, and the complex structure of email information. As a result, email continues to need specialized archiving technology, different from that for other types of electronic information. Email archiving solutions are needed to satisfy Freedom of Information requirements.

... Bob Spurzem

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