I think this would really depend on the organization. Is retention legislated in any way? Can you categorize the information in terms of business value? Is it structured or unstructured data and does this influence your decision to keep it? I'm not aware of a standard although I've worked in different organizations that have their own practices to meet their unique needs.
Depends on the information being held - transactional information will have financial legislation that drive your minimum requirements. personal information may be driven from tax legislation etc.
In general, I've found working across the UK, Aus, and NZ markets 7 years is usually a good minimum retention period. Thereafter is up to you.
I think , there is no standard for that, it depends on what the organisation want to show, or what to keep. It is also matter of the country legislation
Jeff McDonald, CDMP
Your "standard" for a data retention policy is best designed around the needs across the enterprise and the type of data that is being retained. It is best to begin by determining what hard rules may be in place for data based on legal and regulatory bodies for your country/state. Next you would approach it from an operational view to identify data that would be related to maintenances, safety, transactions, etc.,. Next, communications data such as email, text, Skype and such. Most data of this nature can be kept as little as 3 years.
Two things to consider when creating your retention guidelines:
1. Unnecessary data takes up valuable server space and costs money to retain.
2.In an audit or regulatory case, you must consider
discoverability of all data and the liability/risk that it
Jeff McDonald, CDMP
Data Governance Consultant | Enterprise Data Strategy and Governance with Xcel Energy
As the others have said, it's bounded on the low end by regulations. It may also be bounded on the high end by the Legal department. Notwithstanding those constraints, unless the data quality is irredeemable, I encourage keeping all data for all time and in accessible formats. It may be helpful to your AI strategy. You may have to account for business condition change over the years in the data, but it should be worth it.