Normally, the person who uploads a file, or the owner of a shared folder or Paper doc, has the ability to permanently delete files in Dropbox. However, the team admin of a Dropbox Business account can limit the ability to permanently delete content to team admins only.
To limit the ability to permanent delete content to team admins:
- Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
- Click Admin Console.
- Click Settings.
- Choose Deletions.
- Change the setting to Off.
Notes: If Deletions are set to Off, team admins can permanently delete files by signing in as a user.
Notes: This setting applies to both files in Dropbox and docs or folders in Dropbox Paper.