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  • Jason Howard

    If you permanently delete a ticket forever, does it still factor into the "New Tickets" count in the reporting/analytics? 

  • Stephen Fusco

    Hello Jason, 

    That depends on which report you're looking at. The Reporting Overview does not filter out deleted tickets from its data set, whereas Insights does exclude deleted tickets. Their inclusion in the Reporting Overview can skew the data on reports available here. 

    Insights reports will always have the most accurate information. 

    Thanks for your question! 

  • Mark Vermaat

    I go to delete some tickets once in a while and I get this message "We were unable to delete one or more tickets. Please try again later." No matter how long we wait every time we try to permanently delete the ticket we get this message.  What gets me, it is not all tickets...

    Any idea what might be causing this? 

  • Patrick Thompson


    We're also having this issue. I spoke with ZenDesk support on Thursday, June 1 and they said:

    "our Development team are already working hard to resolve this, your report really helps us understand the scope of the problem. I will go ahead and mark this ticket as an incident related to the original problem so that you will receive an update once the issue is resolved."

    Hopefully they have it resolved soon. 

  • Mark Vermaat

    Thanks for that note Patrick.

    I will be submitting a case for this as well.   At least I am now aware it is not just us. :)


  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Thanks for sharing that information, Patrick!

  • C Jonathan Archer


    About permanently deleting tickets, in the policies you outline that backup data is stored?

    If a ticket was backed up and then is permanently deleted, it would still exist in a backup for some amount of time.

    What is the backup overwrite period, where a permanently deleted ticket is completely gone? Or will there always be a copy in the backups?

    This is not a question about if you let the end user recover it, but if the data is still stored somewhere by Zendesk

    Thank you.



  • Patrick Bosmans
    Zendesk Customer Advocate

    Hello C Jonathan,

    We work to secure and accurately reflect our Customer data and their accounts.  While we do backup accounts in order to adhere to GDPR, we also have a strict Data Deletion Policy which you can view here,

    While we cannot openly speak to the frequency of our backup process, nor where those host sites are, we can say that our systems actively reflects the current state of your accounts.

    Deleted tickets are held for 30 days within accounts to allow for recovery. After 30 days they are permanently removed from the account and that is reflected across our system.

    I hope this helps in part answer your question.

    All the Best,

    Patrick Bosmans | Customer Advocate | Tier-1

  • Tom B


    Is there an automated way of deleting tickets? We'd like to delete all tickets more than x days old, but going through and bulk updating the tickets is quite a laborious process. Could it be added as an automation for example?




  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hey Tom!

    There isn't any way to set this up via automation, but we have endpoints in our API that would allow you to delete your tickets in bulk. You can find those endpoints here.

  • Bianca Duma


    In relation to GDPR, it would be very useful for us if we could delete the attachments only.

    On your informative document about GDPR it says that this can only be done by deleting the whole ticket, however, that is not ideal, as it is important for us to keep track of the previous conversation we had with the customers. 

    Is this something that might be implemented in the near future? Or if not, at least the possibility to delete just the email containing the attachments and not the entire thread?

    Thank you! 




  • Nicole S.
    Zendesk Community Team

    Hi Bianca, 

    It's possible that this is something product would consider implementing in the future, but it's not something that will be available in v1 of the GDPR compliance functionality. 

  • Nicole Infiesta

    Jessie, in regards to your last comment about deleting via the API, it looks like you need to have the list of ticket ids and its max 100 at a time.  Is there no way to easy configure deletion based on certain criteria (ex, tickets in a certain brand that were closed >30days in the past?)

  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hey Nicole!

    I'm not an API expert, but I believe you can use the API search to pull a list of ticket IDs based on the criteria you specify, and then use the delete tickets endpoint with those ticket IDs. You can find the API search endpoints here!

  • Mathias Stjernström

    From what I understand we cannot delete tickets based on triggers och automation, this is far from ideal from an GDPR perspective. Are you discussion/working on anything to help us customers with the GDPR process?

  • Nicolas Bergeron

    Will deleting a ticket update the First Reply time (average) - I closed old tickets totally irrelevant made for test but now I have a big number of FRT !


    Thank you


  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hi Mathias!

    I'd recommend contacting us at; they'll be able to give you a more detailed answer that what we're able to do here in the Community. If you haven't already, you should also check out our GDPR microsite:

  • Jesi Owens

    Is it possible to delete a ticket but keep some of the fields for reporting purposes? We have to delete mentions of a user in the comments but the fields have info we'd like to preserve. Thanks!

  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hi Jesi!

    Once a ticket is deleted, all of the data associated with it is gone. I'd recommend checking out the Ticket Redaction App to get rid of those mentions while preserving the integrity of your data.


  • Sarah Buck

    I'd like to make a suggestion if it hasn't been made already. 
    *Permanently Deleting a ticket retains the Tag information 

    My company is GDPR compliant and we also perform ticket and user deletion upon request from a user in any country. While ensuring our Zendesk Support was compliant with this process, we found the process to be more difficult than needed at this time. We understand this to be a new process for everyone and hope to see vast improvements with Zendesk Support processes for this.
    I even worked with Zendesk Support and they told me to comment in the forums to ensure our suggestions were seen. They agreed the processes aren't where they could be and there is room for improvement. 

    We ideally wanted to use Permanently Deleting tickets as a method to rid of all PII. (on top of user deleting) However, although a handful of data is still retained, you cannot properly continue reporting on these tickets.

    Our company, as I'm sure others do, like to report on what tickets were about for a given time frame (e.g. how many tickets were about GDPR requests in June). We use the Tags field to keep track of what a ticket was about. We are then able to run reports manually or automatically based on tags for a given timeframe. Permanently Deleting tickets does not save the Tags field. There is no other way to report on this information. (that we have found) 

    We are resorting to the Ticket Redaction App which unfortunately is extremely manual and only works about 50% of the time. 

    If the deletion tool would keep the Tags field when permanently deleting a ticket, we could still know "how many tickets were about GDPR requests in June" or " how many questions we got about messaging last week". Tags are not personally identifiable. 

  • Jesi Owens

    Hi, and thanks for the suggestions. I just tested the Ticket Redaction App and it's working well for intra-thread text. 

    However, for anything we need to remove from a field or subject line, the historic data still shows when you swap from "Conversations" to "Events" view. In the attached pic, I made a fake ticket for "Freddie Mercury". While his name was redacted successfully in the ticket, his profile
    id and his name mention in the subj line remain. Do you have any solves for this? : 

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  • Gareth

    If I delete a users ticket do they know its been deleted?

  • Brendan

    @Sarah Buck

    We have a GDPR app in the Marketplace that deletes the tickets but retains metadata including tags.  Take a look here:

    @Gareth: no the user does not know that the ticket is deleted unless they check their ticket history in the portal, if that feature is turned on.  

  • Jesse Sarkis

    Will deleting a ticket also delete any associated follow up tickets? 

  • Julian Lasser

    I understand that permanently deleting a ticket will not remove that ticket number from the ticket count as that sole piece of information will be saved as a record. Is there anything that can be done to reset the ticket counter to the previous value before a spam attack of 3,500 emails (and therefore new tickets)?

  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hi JLasser!

    It's possible to change the starting ticket count in your Ticket Settings, but you can only change it to a number that's higher than the current highest ticket number. So, for example, if your current ticket count is 1000, you would have to start at 1001 or higher. You can't change it back to a lower ticket number. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

  • Megan Romero

    If I delete a ticket, will it be deleted from Insights reporting? Or will it still be accessible in Insights and/or counted in Insights?

  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hi Megan!

    Per this article, deleted tickets are automatically excluded from Insights reports. Just bear in mind that your numbers won't change immediately...Insights will need to sync again before newly deleted tickets will be reflected in your reporting.

  • Melanie Boudib

    Hi all,

    Is there a way to restrict an agent to be able to delete tickets, but NOT delete them permanently form the 'Deleted Tickets' view?



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