Study: Lots Of Private Data Found On Used Hard Disks - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Hardware & Infrastructure

Study: Lots Of Private Data Found On Used Hard Disks

O&O Software says a sample of 100 used drives purchased on eBay shows only 10% had been wiped with software products; the rest contained private data.

Previously-owned hard disks are a prime source of patient records and other supposedly private information that falls under regulatory protection, according to a study commissioned by O&O Software.

The study by the Berlin, Germany, company, called "Data, Data Everywhere," sampled 100 used hard disks and other data carriers that were purchased on eBay. The results showed that only 10% of the hard disks had been properly wiped with the help of software products. The rest contained private data, including scanned signatures and ID cards, legal powers of attorney, account access information, and PIN and access codes.

In one case, complete patient data and correspondence were found on a hard disks that had once belonged to a health insurance company, according to O&O. Some hard disks that had obviously been used in companies turned up sensitive company data such as reports on turnover and market share, strategy papers, and business

Analysis of the study also points out that 75% of users are unaware that old data on hard disks can be restored with widely available software products.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
The State of Chatbots: Pandemic Edition
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  9/10/2020
Deloitte on Cloud, the Edge, and Enterprise Expectations
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  9/14/2020
Data Science: How the Pandemic Has Affected 10 Popular Jobs
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  9/9/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
IT Automation Transforms Network Management
In this special report we will examine the layers of automation and orchestration in IT operations, and how they can provide high availability and greater scale for modern applications and business demands.
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll