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County governments can now use computers both as a format for creating and maintaining records originally as well as for reproducing existing paper records onto other storage media. There are a host of issues related to electronic record keeping from security and access to migration and preservation. In some cases, the laws that govern record keeping have not kept pace with the technology that is available.  In other cases, the law authorizes some actions to encourage the use of electronic records even though current technology has yet to generate a reliable answer to some concerns of long-term records management.