Posted On: Jan 10, 2023

Amazon Backup now offers you the ability to create legal holds on your protected data beyond your defined retention policies, for legal and auditing purposes. Legal holds prevent your backups from being deleted after the expiration of their retention period, until your backups are explicitly released from legal hold. With this feature, Amazon Backup allows you to manage legal hold requests at scale and help prove compliance to outside counsel, auditors, and related third-parties.

You can get started with legal holds by using the Amazon Backup console, API, or CLI. To create a new legal hold, you can select one or more resources or backup vaults to retain under this hold. You can further specify a creation date range for your backups. After adding tags and descriptions to categorize your legal holds, you can activate the legal hold on all selected backups.

Amazon Backup legal hold capability for extended data retention is now available in Amazon China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and Amazon China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. To learn more about Amazon Backup, visit the product page and documentation. To get started, visit the Amazon Backup console.