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Author Topic: NHS banning fax machines, is it right?  (Read 1178 times)

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Re: NHS banning fax machines, is it right?
« Reply #25 on: 18:54, 19 December 18 »
I'll think about it...


However, everything you got on a computer can be seen be everybody who is NOT supposed to see it. The few others who actually can't see it are not that important.


Just to clarify this... every PC OS will transmit everything _before_ encryption. My knowledge about this is outdated quite for few years, but I know at least seven 'services' paid by governments who have direct access to everything _before_ any encryption level.


Boiled down to a nutshell: Paper is save, electronics are not.


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Re: NHS banning fax machines, is it right?
« Reply #26 on: 03:34, 20 December 18 »
You know who are still big users of fax machines? Football clubs.


Come transfer deadline day faxes will go back and forth. Secure, point to point and you can sign one, fax it back and it's legally acceptable for a player transfer.
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Re: NHS banning fax machines, is it right?
« Reply #27 on: 10:55, 21 December 18 »
Good point on costs although one suspects the full running costs of a fax machine is substantially lower than the cost of running and maintaining the IT systems.



Capital Expenditure vs Operational Expenditure. Accountants can drone on for hours about the relative merits of the two but, particularly in public sector organisations with rigid budgeting, many prefer predictable up-front costs over difficult to quantify running expenses.


Just to clarify this... every PC OS will transmit everything _before_ encryption. My knowledge about this is outdated quite for few years, but I know at least seven 'services' paid by governments who have direct access to everything _before_ any encryption level.


Sure things can be sent unencrypted electronically, but equally you can fax a confidential document to the wrong number fairly easily too. From an IT perspective it's easier to have technical solutions in place for document classification that can block emailing documents out if they aren't properly classified/encrypted and to restrict who they can be sent to as well. And again if you have physical copies of things on paper, properly disposing of them becomes more difficult - either staff spend time shredding things (which costs money in lost time) or you out-source it to a third party disposal company. Electronically deleting things is a lot easier, as is recovering something destroyed in error - and retention policies are again a lot easier to enforce in the digital world.

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Re: NHS banning fax machines, is it right?
« Reply #28 on: 16:50, 23 December 18 »
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