Last Updated May 24, 2010 8:57 AM EDT
CBS News broke this story last week. Check out this video report:
In the video clip above, a CBS reporter goes to a warehouse packed with used copiers and buys one for about $300. It comes complete with tens of thousands of confidential and personal documents on the hard drive, which were then downloaded and inspected-- an identity thief's dream come true. One copier, from a hospital, was loaded with personal medical records in violation of federal HIPPA privacy laws.
Think about the kind of things you've printed or copied. Your printer's hard drive probably has social security numbers, addresses, birth certificates, bank and tax records, confidential business and medial documents... the list goes on and on.
The takeaway? The genie is out of the bottle, and it's now impossible to claim you didn't know anything about the privacy threat of used copiers and printers. Be absolutely certain that you wipe data from the hard drives before you sell or recycle them.