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It can happen to you! - PPA Today

It can happen to you!


Dear PPA Member,

If it hasn’t happened already, you will suffer a data loss sometime in the near future. Images you have created for a client will not be accessible because of a hard drive crash, bad media card or some other “techy” problem. No, I’m not wishing you ill…but are you prepared to deal with it?

Having a crisis plan in place for data loss is almost as important as backing up your data. So if it happens to you, what will you do next? If you’re a PPA member and part of the Indemnification Trust, PPA’s unique malpractice-type protection program, you have a plan. We’ll show you where to go, what to do…and help save your money and reputation.

During 2007 the Indemnification Trust has helped photographers deal with 597 claims through the end of November; over half were data loss problems.  This is a 20% increase in claims from last year, with a month still to go!

Hard drives wear out, media cards become corrupt, and stuff happens.  Even if you have a multi-drive system, you need to be on alert—several times this year we have helped members who thought they were protected.

Fortunately for you and other PPA members, the Trust—through careful management—remains financially strong and stands ready to help members who have this problem.   

You can minimize your risk: always back up image files on removable media as soon as possible.  Telling a bride, a grandmother, or an art director that you had a little computer problem and lost their beautiful images is not an enjoyable activity. So, don’t forget to back up as soon as possible. And even if that data can’t be recovered (rare, but it happens) we will stand behind you. 

Helping photographers resolve and withstand problems is why PPA is here.


Al Hopper
Director of Membership, Copyright & Government Affairs

PS:  Did I mention how important it is to back up data on removable media as soon as possible?

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