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Baltimore's policy of deleting emails after 3 months scrutinized

Baltimore's policy of deleting emails after 3 months scrutinized

Baltimore officials are studying record-retention policies in city government, and considering changes.

City Solicitor George Nilson said a work group is studying a 12-year-old policy of purging deleted emails from the city's system after 90 days.

"The group had been meeting and deliberating for a while," Nilson said. "They are looking at policies that exist in other jurisdictions. They are looking at issues that have arisen since we adopted the policy. They are looking at other document-retention policies as well.

"We keep lots of documents for a long, long time."

The city's policy has been a source of frustration for some journalists...

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