Re: One rule for the rich..... @I Am Spartacus
Not sure what's with the downvotes, but consider this:
- Anything remotely private or otherwise considered outside the scope for publication has to be redacted from anything released to the public (probably not the case with other legal requirements mentioned elsewhere in this thread since presumably the information is being provided to the government rather than the general public)
- Such redaction probably has to be done by hand, since it's difficult to believe that automated systems could be trusted to do the job with sufficient accuracy.
- More emails to trawl through means more work. This is unavoidable and the cost of the storage will not change that.
Storing emails for longer means that it will actually be easier to hide information, not more difficult, since it will make it far easier for government departments to use s.12 of the act (excessive cost) to deny access. That greater ease in denying access IMO strongly suggests that avoiding the impact of FoIA is not the aim here.
If it was then they would have an interest in keeping things as long as is humanly possible to make any trawl of the information too expensive.