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Report: Copy Machines Are a Pot of Gold

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

April 27, 2010

A CBS News special investigation reveals that sensitive data is readily accessible on many used copy machines. The investigation follows the purchase of four used photocopiers awaiting resale at a New Jersey warehouse. After investigators ran a freely available forensic software program on the machines, the copiers' hard drives produced tens of thousands of previously scanned or copied documents. They included targets of drug raids from a police department's narcotics unit and wanted sex offenders from its sex crimes division, as well as 300 pages of individual medical records--including drug prescriptions, blood test results and a cancer diagnosis--from a New York insurance company.
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