Information governance, or IG, is the effective management of any and all information that an enterprise creates, stores or transmits, particularly in digital format. In 2021 this includes everything from the project on the office desktop, email that’s accessed from a personal mobile device to social media conversations and wearable technology. Having a successful IG plan in place can be a tremendous benefit to any organization. Yet, IG is more than just a workplace productivity tool;  establishing and maintaining IG compliance is critical to general counsel as well, for five very important reasons.

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Goals of a Document Retention Policy can include: •  Retention of important documents for reference and future use; •  Deletion of documents that are no longer necessary for the proper functions of the  company; •  Ensure that documents are only being stored by the custodians of the records; •  Organize important documents for efficient retrieval; and…

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When executed properly a Document Retention Policy can provide protection from litigation sanctions. In the legal realm, having a reasonable, consistent and defensible document retention policy, in conjunction with a proper litigation hold procedure can help avoid spoliation claims from opposing parties. Spoliation can lead to sanctions or even adverse judgment in a case. (See…

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