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NJ: Copy Machine Law Moves Forward

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 19, 2010

A New Jersey Assembly panel released legislation on Monday requiring data held on digital copy machines be destroyed before the machines are re-sold or thrown out, reports TMCnet. The bill, sponsored by Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex), aims to protect people from identity theft. "Consider all of the highly sensitive information stored on copiers used by both the public and private sector," said Greenstein. "In today's global economy, a copier used in a doctor's office in Trenton could be re-sold to someone in South America, sending thousands of sensitive documents into the realm of the unknown..." Earlier this year, the FTC announced that it was working with manufacturers to make consumers more aware of these privacy risks.
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