Corey Murray, Senior Editor for eSchool News, reports about new federal rules that went into effect Dec. 1, 2006 requiring schools, businesses, and other organizations to keep tabs on all eMail, instant messages (IM), and other digital communications produced by their employees.
With more school district business being conducted online now than ever before, school technology leaders should know about new rules flowing from a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Experts say the rules--which require schools and other entities to archive eMail, instant messages, and other digital communications written by their employees--could force administrators to rethink eMail storage policies and take stock of existing technologies to ensure compliance.Local communities are straining to fund their education programs because federal assistance and flat or declining property taxes contribute less money to school budgets. School boards across the country should be searching for the most overall cost effective solution for an archive service in order to ensure maximum budget dollars can be used for essential education programs. Hosted archive services cost less money over three year periods when compared to appliance or installed software solutions.