Gartner defines dark data as "the information assets organizations collect, process, and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes." Because dark data includes objects that have yet to be analyzed, it typically lurks in stored locations where most users fear to tread. And, although nobody knows what to do with it, dark data usually gets retained, "just in case". That's where things get scary!
In data audits and civil litigation, even dark data is subject to search, review, and possibly, public disclosure. Now this data that nobody cared about has become a cost and a risk. Defensibly disposing of this redundant, obsolete, and trivial information – and possibly even the legacy applications needed to read and access that info – can not only safe-guard your organization, but provide a strong enough return on investment to help springboard the next steps of your information governance strategy.
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