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E-Waste Can Be Treasure Trove for Criminals

DATA PROTECTION—EU

April 16, 2010

The wealth of sensitive personal data that often remains on old computers and mobile phones has prompted European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx to raise concerns about the European Commission's proposal to recast its old directive for waste electrical and electronic equipment, the EUobserver  reports. With the focus "solely on the environmental risks related to the disposal of e-waste," Hustinx said, the proposal "does not take into account other additional risks to individuals or organisations that may arise from the operations of disposal, reuse or recycling of e-waste, in particular those related to the likelihood of improper acquisition, disclosure or dissemination of personal data." Hustinx said appropriate security measures must be adopted at every stage of the processing of personal data.
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