E-mail archiving – everything important at one glance
Since the beginning of 2017, it is official: Not only paper documents, but also emails containing relevant business content must be taken into account in the context of document retention. Thus, the subject of e-mail archiving is more explosive than ever.
The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) in Germany already set this requirement in detail in November 2014. The BMF’s so-called “Principles for the orderly management and storage of books, records and documents in electronic form and for data access (GoBD)” replace the previously applicable GoBS and the GDPdU (principles for data access and verifiability of digital documents).
Ultimately, these words mean that the same rule applies to all other business documents exchanged via email, such as offers, invoices or reminders. If the company does not comply with this obligation, sanctions have to be expected.