Horry County begins storing emails

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (AP) - Horry County is saving county council members' emails on official business, until it comes up with a permanent policy.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Horry County on Thursday started requiring that all emails on official business be retained. The county previously had no policy and kept emails for 30 days.

The State Archive recommends emails be treated like paper documents, being kept for a varying lengths of time, depending on the content.

County Chief Information Officer Sheila Butler says she and other staff members are working on a permanent policy that would include training on what to keep and how to do it.

In January, the newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a year's worth council of email. Some members turned in none or very few because they had been deleted.

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