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Mar 22, 2005

Disposal of disks embedded in equipment

Modern dedicated or multifunction printer/scanner/photocopier devices typically contain embedded hard drives used to cache and re-sequence document images. A piece in Canadian cNews (no longer online) points out the risk of accidentally disclosing images of ‘everything you’ve ever printed’ [a bit of journalistic license there, we think] when machines are sold or returned to the leasing companies [or, for that matter, are ‘serviced’ by unethical engineers or hackers].
More physical security links here