Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
For nearly 20 years this site by the Synercon Group, has been dedicated to keeping alive the memory of significant recordkeeping / information governance events
In the 000’s of situations captured in this archive, inadequate systems and poor practices contributed to dire outcomes. In many situations individuals or organizations were exposed to significant personal or business risk. Several of these incidents resulted in loss of life.
The headline flew around the globe like wild fire. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their long-awaited draft fracking drinking water study and concluded: fracking has had no widespread impact on drinking water. But if you’ve had your ear to the...read more
Government oversight officials informed Congress on Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration continues to operate in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees and not tracking official IDs and badges that allow...read more
The Commonwealth Bank does not currently have advice files for more than one in 10 of the cases registered for its compensation scheme for victims of dodgy financial advice. A CBA update on Tuesday said that of the more than 9000 cases registered under its open advice...read more
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it has lost 12 years of gas-line repair records for part of the Bay Area — the largest such gap to emerge since the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion was blamed on incomplete and inaccurate documentation. In testimony before a...read more
New Zealand government agencies have been given a rap on the knuckles for poor record-keeping practices in the 2014-205 annual report from Archives New Zealand, which found that that important documents could be damaged, destroyed or inappropriately accessed as a...read more
raining of roughly 200 supervisors at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in the handling of public records as well as other steps to improve a broken and possibly illegal system of not keeping emails are repairs Sheriff Mike Williams said have taken place since the...read more
A former Pacific Gas and Electric Co. official hired after the San Bruno gas-pipeline explosion to clean up the company’s records said management ordered her to destroy documents and that she found a telltale preblast analysis of the pipe in the garbage, according to...read more
he Baltimore City Council announced plans Monday to hold an investigative hearing into why hundreds of children are still getting lead poisoning — a preventable condition officials vowed to eradicate six years ago. ... A top state environmental official said the...read more
The head of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) in Queensland ordered the covering up of the destruction of tonnes of documents demanded by the royal commission into trade unions, a hearing was told today. Former CFMEU Queensland president Dave...read more
After a nine-month probe, the VA's Office of Inspector General made 35 recommendations to address shoddy record-keeping, bungled claims, inadequate security, and poor working conditions at the Philadelphia office. Scrutiny at its Germantown facility - which oversees...read more