On 2 Aug 2005, at 13:48, Ole Tange wrote:
>> No, it doesn't. People should be wiping any sensitive data from
>> machines before they give them away.
>> The keyword here is 'should'. In the real world they do not know how
> to or
> do not care or even forget. We should deal with this. A way of dealing
> with it is by having a trusted party either erase or remove+destroy the
> harddrives and let the rest be reused.
Perhaps I didn't make myself clear enough. My point is that once a
computer is sent to the recycling plant, it should de dealt with in the
manner which is best for society as a whole. Reuse may well be the best
use (but it's complicated - an ILUG nerd may take a 386 and turn it
into a router, but it's arguable that it'd be in the best interest of
society for him to NOT do that because using a little cheap router
device would use less electricity and so pollute less) and if it is,
that reuse shouldn't be constrained by a concern about posibly private
data on the disk. If you have confidential paperwork, shred it before
recycling. If you have confidential data on a disk, shred it also -
either electronically or physically.
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