Friday, May 7, 2010
Not Good. Not Bad. Just Are.
I am often asked if Records Retention should consider the likelihood of being forced to produce records in a lawsuit. My response--records are neither good nor bad, They just are. And you manage them without regard to how they may impact you later on. Sometime they can really offer up protection not just be the treasure trove of smoking guns. Take for example the recent move by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has been rocked with endless sexual abuse scandals in which it has been widely reported that the Church “covered” up numerous egregious child molestations for years across the globe. Now the Church is going to use its records to come clean. According to the Wall Street Journal on May 7, 2010, “Roman Catholic bishops in countries across Europe are trying to get ahead of a widening sexual-abuse scandal by employing a potentially risky strategy—pre-emptively digging through church archives to see what skeletons remain to be unearthed”