By default, the person who uploads a file or the owner of a shared folder or Paper doc can 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.
How to prevent team members from permanently deleting files
- Sign in to dropbox.com with your admin credentials.
- Click Admin Console.
- Click Settings.
- Choose Deletions.
- Change the setting to Off.
- If Deletions are set to Off, team admins can permanently delete files by signing in as a user.