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Security and Data Erasure? (MAIL)

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The Question is:

How do I delete all VMS mail older than 30 days?
Our corporate lawyers have ordered that no user may keep e-mail messages for
 more than 30 days.
In order for this plan to work, we need to devise a way to locate and delete
 individual messages in all user directories that meet a date criteria.
I've been unable to accomplish this by reading mail headers and extracting the
 information.  The number of lines in the header varies (some use CC:), and the
 length of the fields is also inconsistent

The Answer is :

  Please request formal assistance from the Customer Support Center,
  as this problem may not be a trivial problem to resolve -- security
  issues involving data and data remanence tend not to be the simplest
  of problems to (securely and reliably) resolve.

answer written or last revised on ( 29-APR-2002 )

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