Abandoned, or "orphaned" data, is content sitting out on public shares that has no owners. It might be associated with a department that no longer exists, or an individual that no longer works for the firm. So what should you do with abandoned data?
Build an abandoned data policy and process.
Developing a strong abandoned data policy and process is a critical capability for firms working to develop more robust information governance programs. It will help you decide when to quarantine or dispose of orphaned data. But it's not as simple as it might sound. Watch out for legal hold or record-worthiness.