Personal policy tag for an Inbox rule doesn't work correctly in Exchange

Original KB number:   4456109


Consider the following scenario:

  • You have a 3 Days Delete Default Policy Tag (DPT) or Retention Policy Tag (RPT) to stamp messages upon delivery to your mailbox.
  • You have an Inbox rule to stamp a 1 Week Delete personal tag on incoming messages.
  • A new message arrives at the Inbox.

In this scenario, the 1 Week Delete personal tag appears to be stamped on the message correctly in Microsoft Outlook. However, the message is deleted after three days.


This issue occurs because the message is stamped against the DPT or RPT instead of the personal tag. This causes the action to occur according to the retention date of the DPT or RPT and not according to the personal tag.


To work around this issue, don't use personal tags for Inbox rules. Instead, manually assign a personal tag to specific items. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Right-click any email message.
  3. Select Assign Policy.
  4. Select one personal tag that you want to assign.


Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

More information

Data loss because PR_RETENTION_DATE property is not updated when user has rule to add policy tag on incoming messages delivered to inbox folder. We can use the MFCMAPI to check that. For more information about the MFCMAPI tool, refer this blog.