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Submission + - Why are we still using the Fax?

neverpsyked writes: "From CNN.com: On Thursday evening, Lexington, KY police arrested a man who had been wrongly released from the Kentucky Correctional & Psychiatric Center in La Grange, KY. He had been released after prison officials received a fax that "...contained grammatical errors, was not typed on letterhead and was faxed from a local grocery store. The fax falsely claimed that the Kentucky Supreme Court 'demanded' Rouse be released."

My question is this: why is anyone still using a fax machine for anything, let alone to receive and transmit documentation relating to the release of violent criminals? At the very least, shouldn't they be using a fax machine on a secure, encrypted line?"

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