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Most Companies Not Erasing Sensitive Data

Melissa Klein Aguilar | November 16, 2010

Most businesses don't properly erase sensitive data from old computers and hard drives, leaving them highly susceptible to data breaches, according to a survey by Kroll Ontrack.

Only 49 percent of more than 1,500 respondents polled worldwide say their businesses are systematically deploying a data eraser method. Among that group, 75 percent don't delete data securely, according to Kroll.

Maybe they didn't hear about the digital copier incident that resulted in one company notifying more than 400,000 people that their personal or medical data may have been compromised. As Compliance Week previously reported, in April, Affinity Health Plan had to send a breach notice to more than 400,000 of its costumers after CBS News, as part of...

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