FAQ: When I set a document expiry date, what day/time is that enforced?

Number of days expiry

The actual expiry time is on a per user basis (so it will differ for each user) and is from when a user first opens the document.  So for example, if you set a document to expire in 5 days time and user A opens this on the 14th August at 10.00am then the document won’t expire for this user until 10:00am on the 19th August.  If user B opens the document at 11:00am on the 15th August then it won’t expire for this user until 11:00am on the 20th August.

Fixed date expiry

The actual expiry time is on the last minute of the previous day before the expiry date day in GMT time.  So for example, if you set a document to expire on 30th August 2017 then users will be able to view the document up until midnight GMT on the 29th August 2017.  Note that local time may differ from GMT time  – for example,  midnight GMT will only be 5pm in California (PST).

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Fixed date documents protected for all customers and those with individual access

The actual expiry time is on the last minute of the expiry date day in GMT time.  So for example, if you set a document to expire on 30th August 2017 then users will be able to view the document up until midnight on the 30th August 2017.

Fixed date documents protected to a publication

The actual expiry time is on the last minute of the previous day before the expiry date day in GMT time.  So for example, if you set a document to expire on 30th August 2017 then users will be able to view the document up until midnight on the 29th August 2017.