Communications Standards are Changing. Fax v E-Mail

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Dear Cabinet Office,
Communications Standards are Changing. Fax v E-Mail

Faxing documents presents a secure and positive transmission of documents. The sender knows positively that the fax has been received at the end of transmission to the number sent.
Modern methods can be used to manipulate the faxed document securely within an organisation without paper.
An email can be sent, it is not secure it can be intercepted with relative ease. The sender is not assured the recipient has received the document. It can be denied and difficult to prove receipt.
What equivalent standard of communication is the government going to supply to replace the functionality of the fax?
The sender is assured of receipt on all emails sent to HMG and its subsidiary authorities?

Yours faithfully,

Chris Gidden

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

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Dear CHRIS GIDDEN

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received
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Dear FOI Team Mailbox,
For Attn of Sharon Carter
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2AS
email: [email address]
The origins of this request comes from from a response given in 1995 on behalf of the Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office. This was about the issues of faxing and the legal status and the need for Government Officers and others to act on Faxes. It was affirmed as an official and legal means of communication as described within the Civil Service Writing Manual. The original answer is in an electronic archive from a previous computer and I will endeavor to reclaim this with some difficulty, but you would have of course this information already
The request falls within the remit of a FOI request as it a matter for which directives have been issued to the Government Staff in the recent past and had legal standing. I am aware that JSP 101 and its successor had been amended some time ago this military document is a shadow of the government manual.
Maybe you could enquire from some of the more experienced staff about this matter and give a further response in accordance with FOI Guidelines
Your expedient cooperation in this matter would be most appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Gidden

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  IR327605

Dear CHRIS GIDDEN

Thank you for your request for an internal review. Your request was
received on 4/3/2019 and is being dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This email is just a short acknowledgement of your request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the FOI team.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Cabinet Office

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Chris Gidden left an annotation ()

After the initial request the Cabinet Office does not wish to answer the request as they are saying there is no history on faxing policy within the government. You will see from my question there is every reason for a Government to try and stop faxes with the excuse it is old technology and uses paper. Most modern offices use electronic storage and transfer means. The important thing with a fax is you have as soon as it is sent a confirmation receipt which is undeniable in law.
I have had questions on this matter in the late 90's and it was in the Civi Service manual.

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