Copple, Robert F. Firms must pick which data to save. The Republic. Sept. 12, 2004.

Really simple and well-written discussion of e-mail and electronic document retention. Key points: discovery can be expensive; litigation can be debilitating; illegal destruction of e-mail is a bad thing; saving data that doesn't need to be saved can be a bad thing; retention policies need to be simple; complex policies get ignored; document categories for retention purposes should be broad for simplicity; retention time periods should also be simple; selective and automated destruction is a good thing. Mention of Intel's "Pack Rat Day". Great mention of oft-overlooked backup tapes with some good suggestions for backup rotations. Overall a great article!