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Firms ‘must remove personal data before IT disposal’

The disposal of IT equipment that has come to the end of its useful life can pose a dilemma for businesses, as very often, firms will wither recycle or discard items that contain either personal or business-critical data without realising.

Adam Gorley, editor of HRinfodesk, has highlighted the importance an effective data destruction strategy for companies, as failure to do so can result in businesses facing considerable penalties and a loss in reputation through data loss.

As such, he advises the use of overwriting as an important step in ensuring all information has been destroyed, as this is the only way ensure all sensitive data has been removed from equipment.

Indeed, when a drive is formatted, this tends to only remove the links to file locations from the disk – the actual data still remains and can be recovered if individuals have the right tools.

“The goal is to irreversibly destroy the media which stores personal information so that personal information cannot be reconstructed or recovered in any way,” Mr Gorley noted. “When going through the process of disposal, an organisation should also destroy all associated copies and backup files.”

For peace of mind that end of life data is permanently destroyed, contact Kroll Ontrack for cost-effective and compliant end-of-life data erasure solutions.

From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/firms-must-remove-personal-data-before-it-disposal204.aspx

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