Watson Hall publishes summary of the UK's data retention requirements

27 March 2008

A summary of the UK's data retention requirements has been published by Watson Hall Ltd. The United Kingdom's statutes, case law and regulations define how long information must be kept before it is destroyed. Watson Hall Ltd has researched and updated a summary of the data retention requirements as an aid to defining polices for data collection, retention and disposal.

Whilst data collection requirements often feature in software, website and web application requirements, data classification and assessment are required to determine how these data are managed through their life, including identification, storage, protection, retrieval, retention and disposal.

Some requirements are sector specific and Watson Hall Ltd has identified particular requirements for the communications, financial and governmental sectors.

Colin Watson, Technical Director of Watson Hall Ltd, said "Data retention requirements are constantly evolving. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is regularly reviewing and updating guidance, which means it is necessary to keep information classifications and schedules updated to maintain compliance."

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