European Data Protection Digest

Research Says Firms Not Properly Disposing of Data


December 2, 2011

New research indicates that UK firms are not taking steps to delete all personal data before disposing of storage devices such as computers. Osirium recently released research that 40 percent of organisations "are not confident that all their data is deleted before disposal of computers and that seven percent of companies in the finance and retail sectors didn't delete data at all," reports eWEEK. "In the wrong hands, it could be possible to not only gain access to the networks through recovered group admin credentials but also to compromise data, which could constitute a serious data privacy breach," an Osirium spokesperson said.
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