Study finds sensitive data remains on used drives

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Closeup of a used hard drive.In March, Blancco Technology Group released survey results showing consumer anxieties about potential mismanagement of their data on electronic devices. Now, a different study shows their data concerns are anything but irrational.

Blancco, a provider of data erasure equipment and software, participated in a study looking for residual data on storage drives purchased on eBay. The effort found 15 percent of those devices still contained personally identifiable information, even after undergoing at least some form of data wiping.

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