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A record of recordkeeping failures

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it


– George Santayana

Created and maintained by the Synercon Group, Lest We Forget is dedicated to memorialising significant recordkeeping and information governance failures. 

For more than 20 years, this archive has captured the dire consequences of inadequate systems and poor practices. Across the thousands of recorded incidences, many individuals and organisations were exposed to significant personal or business risk. In several cases, the failures resulted in human rights breaches and loss of life.

The injustice of shoddy recordkeeping

Prosecuting or defending a case is a vital democratic right, but one that's easily undermined by poor recordkeeping.   Mother and Baby Home Commission destroys witness testimony Tusla's...

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Ireland fines Meta for bad record-keeping

In 2018, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) was alarmed when Facebook notified the commission, between June and December, of 12 separate data breaches that affected up to 30 million...

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Gaps in records of Trump’s presidency

There’s growing concern among historians and political analysts that missing documents will leave a hole in the record of President Donald Trump’s term, one of America’s most tumultuous...

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Records risk for NZ public sector

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...

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