Nine Email Scandals that Underscore the Need for Proper Archiving

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An engineer was convicted of obstruction of justice for deleting messages after an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kurt Mix, an engineer at the time of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was brought in after the accident to help stop the flow of oil. The plan he was a part of, "top kill," failed because the flow rate of the well was far greater than what BP had acknowledged in public. The government knew BP wasn't being honest about the flow rate because of text messages Mix sent that were in their possession. Mix was accused of deleting those text messages containing information about BP's misrepresentation of how fast oil was flowing from the broken well.

In May 2012, Mix was indicted for deleting these text messages and in December 2013, Mix was found guilty and faced up to 20 years in prison and over $200,000 in fines. In June 2014, Mix was granted a new trial due to juror misconduct with the defense counsel and is now awaiting a new trial date.

It's critical for organizations to easily access documents, emails and even text messages. If those forms of information are deleted without being properly preserved, they could be lost forever. This poses an issue when a company needs to provide these records to aid regulatory compliance, a legal suit or an employee dispute.

There have been countless examples of how an archiving system has impacted a company, both negatively and positively. Being able to easily access archived documents, emails and messages takes the guesswork out of certain situations and will ultimately protect your company if used correctly. Greg Arnette, founder and CTO, Sonian, a pioneer in cloud-powered archiving, has identified nine situations in which having records accessible, or not having records accessible, has largely affected companies and employees.


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