We are getting ready to move offices and the topic of the FAX number came up in our pre-move planning session. The claim was made that no-one uses the FAX machine any more.
I imagine the Hertfordshire County Council in England wishes their employees also hadn’t used the FAX machine. The County Council just got slapped with a £100,000 fine by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) in the UK after a data breach originating at the FAX machine in June 2010. As reported last week in SC Magazine, employees in the childcare litigation department FAXed information to the wrong recipients on two separate occasions. The size of the fine was determined in part because the two incidents were 13 days apart and the County Council failed to take sufficient steps to prevent the second breach. Sometimes people over think the solution – unplugging the FAX machine would have done the trick.
We’ve written before about the security hazards of the multi-function copier, scanner, printer in Digital Time Bombs. After hearing about this latest data breach perhaps we should ditch the FAX machine in the move.