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What is “deleted” in an information system?

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/11/25

I have had quite a few discussions about data being “deleted” in information systems.

Often, data – despite GDPR – isn’t, or can’t be deleted for many reasons, especially when data is retained on backups, cloud storage is involved or data has been copied in other ways.

Many times, marking with a flag that data is deleted, is enough, but often it isn’t and then you need processes to track down all occurrences of the data and delete it permanently, which can be a tedious job.

Some more interesting thoughts are in this thread that triggered me:

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