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FTC Investigating Copy Machine Privacy Risks

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

May 19, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is contacting copy machine manufacturers and retailers about privacy concerns related to sensitive data stored on the machines' hard drives, Computerworld reports. Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a letter to Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) last week that the FTC is working with manufacturers and sellers to provide educational materials about privacy risks to consumers. Markey called for an FTC investigation after a CBS News report revealed that sensitive data is readily accessible. Markey said most users aren't aware of the risks, including identity theft, "when they place their tax returns, financial records and other personal information on the copier and hit the start button."
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