A study of the data retention practices of 500 companies in Canada, Germany, the U.S. and the UK revealed that while the number of companies without a data retention plan dropped by half last year, there has been no improvement in the discrepancy between companies’ beliefs and their practices, reports IT World Canada. “Eighty-one percent of respondents say proper information retention allows companies to delete un-needed data, but these organizations say they retain 42 percent of their backups indefinitely,” said Trevor Daughney of Symantec, the company that conducted the survey.
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