When documents are preserved in paper format, they run the risk of being more easily destroyed than if they were stored on a computer using conversion services. Businesses tend to use computers to save space, provide a scalable service and keep data secure, among other reasons.
Many types of disasters, from flooding to fires, can easily damage physical files, potentially destroying their information. However, some have found that even when records were supposedly damaged, the data can still fall into the wrong hands, something that would be prevented if the documents were electronically stored.
United States officials recently experienced this situation following attacks at the U.S. embassy in Libya. Fox News explained that sensitive government documents have been found unprotected amid the rubble following a bombing that killed four Americans. The files include complaints about the Libyan government, something that could have presented diplomatic relations issues. Though the connection between nations remains intact, this should be guarded against in the future.
According to Human Events, reporters in the area are still discovering these files, proving that records can be exposed to the general public after a disaster.
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