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DOJ Softens Approach Toward Messaging Apps

In 2017, when the U.S. Justice Department spelled out its approach to rewarding cooperation in foreign bribery investigations, the policy included a curious line. Companies hoping to receive credit for their cooperation, the Justice Department said, should prohibit the improper destruction of business records, with steps such as “prohibiting employees from using software that generates but does not appropriately retain business records or communications.”

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