Your Office Copier May Be Storing Some Of Your Personal Information

This report from last night's CBS Evening News with Katie Couric is worth passing along. I bet many of us had no idea that the things we copy in the office (like tax or health insurance forms?) may be digitally stored in the machines — and could then end up in the hands of someone who would very much like to see our personal information.

As CBS investigative reporter Armen Keteyian says:

"Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive — like the one on your personal computer — storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine. In the process, it's turned an office staple into a digital time-bomb packed with highly-personal or sensitive data. If you're in the identity theft business it seems this would be a pot of gold."

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Suggestion: It might be a good idea to ask your boss what happens to the hard drive when it comes time to replace the old copier and it gets shipped off to some place where it could be refurbished and then resold.

And this story makes me wonder:



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