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Invitation from the Dead

May 28, 2010

Organizations have put their data retention and archiving policies under the microscope in recent years, due to Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and other compliance reporting issues. But how many organizations review the shelf life of event generators in applications and databases, such as automated scheduling functions?The latest in a series of periodic invitations to join a business networking site arrived today. Not knowing the person sending the invitation, I'd deleted them in the past.

The persistence of the invitations made me wonder today if I'd missed something - a connection of some type to a person whose name was not familiar. So I did some checking and learned why the invitations kept coming.

A search revealed the man's last blog post was in 2006, his home was scheduled for foreclosure on July 1, 2008 and he'd died March 25, 2008.

How many other persons are continuing to receive invitations to network with the dead?How many organizations review the shelf life of event generators in applications and databases, such as automated scheduling functions?

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