The methods by which you currently classify and control your business records may lead to risk in areas such as:
- Classification systems do not allow electronic records to be accessed prior to or during litigation, thus leading potentially to legal sanction and spoilation claims
- Records are not subject to formal retention scheduling and appraisal in order to meet legal and regulatory obligations
- Records are not subject to a security policy to prevent unauthorised access or misuse
- Records are not protected in the event of disaster arising from environmental, personnel or equipment failure
- Paper records are not acted upon during a process or transaction, potentially leading to financial penalty/liability
These are all areas in which the introduction of electronic document and records management technology can help reduce risk. However, it is also important to remember that the integrity and authenticity of electronic records must be protected, thus addressing potential issues relating to their legal admissibility and evidential weight in a court of law.
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