This PDF surveys national laws and regulations that specify retention requirements for commonly encountered records that are likely to be maintained in electronic form in 18 Western European countries where multi-national and transnational organizations have a significant presence. The types of records discussed include: corporate, accounting, tax, customs, legal, employment, workplace health and safety, intellectual property, and surveillance. It also discusses retention requirements for dissolved and bankrupt companies, data protection, and transborder records storage. (Much of the retention guidance is also applicable to paper records.)
Intended for records managers, compliance officers, information governance specialists, attorneys, risk managers, and others who need to know how long records must be kept to satisfy legal and regulatory requirements in specific countries, this PDF costs a fraction of the expense you would incur to research and compile this information.
The PDF is organized as a series of country reports for Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Each begins with an overview of the country’s legislative structure, followed by a description of legal resources that provide hyperlinks to the country’s recordkeeping laws and regulations. The remainder of each report surveys legal requirements that apply to specific categories of electronic records.
See the table of contents here.
See the introduction here.
Single country reports are available at the links below: