The ICO has published guidance on deleting personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The guidance sets out how organisations can ensure compliance with the DPA, in particular the fifth data protection principle, (which provides that "personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes"), when archiving or deleting personal information. It sets out what the ICO means by deletion, archiving and putting personal data "beyond use". The guidance is intended to counteract the problem of organisations informing people that their personal data has been deleted when, in fact, it is merely archived and could be re-instated. It is also intended to encourage organisations to put safeguards in place for information that has been deleted, but is still in an organisation’s possession.