Six months after the federal government issued rules governing the preservation of electronic communications that might become involved in legal disputes, an informal survey of K-12 school districts suggests that most schools remain unprepared to meet the requirements.

The survey, by the data-management company CommVault, found that 80 percent of those questioned were unclear about their district's policies for retaining electronically stored information, including eMail and instant messages.

And while two-thirds of IT administrators responsible for managing backup data and archived messages in their districts said they were aware of the relevant Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP),...

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