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4.4.6 Deficiencies in computerised systems

In T 473/07 the board held that the representative's practice of checking only the dates entered by his records clerks while relying on the resulting time limits calculated by the computerised system did not rule out errors. Modern real-world offices comprised computerised systems but program deficiencies were also a well-known part of that reality and could not be absolutely ruled out. Therefore, relying exclusively on a time limit generated by a computer program and refraining even from a plausibility check did not meet the all-due-care requirement.