One very important part of any Information Governance strategy is how long documents need to be kept in the organization, before being destroyed. These rules are influenced by various aspects, such as local legislation (retention period required by law), technical limitations (how much storage space is available), business factors, etc.
Retention periods can be very long. Some examples in the UK:
Human resources medical records must be kept for periods up to 40 or 50 years, in some situations.
Government records (for building, accounting, health & safety, etc.) retention obligations are seldom under 10 years. For...