Monday, May 10, 2010

What do you do with your old copiers?

What do you do with your old copiers? What do our local governments and police agencies do? I was tipped off to this by Rex Moncrief, who blogs at Conservative Drink.
Every copier made since 2002 has a hard drive that contains all of the documents that you have printed. This could be very compromising if the hard drives aren't cleaned before disposing of the copiers.
Hopefully our local police agencies, Sheriffs, DA's or anyone who deals with public information is aware and takes steps to erase this information before old copiers leave their possession.
I wasn't aware of it, I hope they are.


  1. Thanks for spreading the word Jim. Not enough people take data security seriously. I will bet ya a dollar most of our government agencies and local businesses aren't aware of the potential risks.

    If anyone needs help, I am an independent IT Consultant with a long list of clients - when I'm not blogging about politics.

    Call or email me, and I will be glad to advise anyone on options/services on data security.

    Rex Moncrief

  2. Thanks Rex, hope people are paying attention.

  3. I'm thinking that in the public interest, perhaps those hard drives should be removed before disposing of the copier...and a new one installed if the copier is to be sold for use by another.

    Then, the old hard drive should be reviewed carefully by a panel of trustworthy citizens (kinda like a grand jury or something), to see just exactly what kind of personal foolishness, or even official chicanery may (or may not) have been taking place within the particular department. I mean, I'd hate to see evidence of mismanagement, etc. be destroyed without getting a gander at it.

  4. @Anonymous - Good thinking, but I'm not sure I want to see who was copying their butt cheeks. LOLOLOL

    I'd rather just wipe the drives - pardon the pun.

  5. Rex said, "but I'm not sure I want to see who was copying their butt cheeks."

    Rex, that just depends on the butt cheeks. (I hope my wife doesn't see this, so I better go as anonymous).

    If anyone told you G.R. sent this, they're lying.

  6. Heh, G. R., that's going in your permanent record at My Bossier . .

  7. Dag nab it Jim, the person who wrote the post said it wasn't me. My wife read it, and now I'm in the dog house. I had to take her to her favorite restaurant and I am constantly reassuring her by telling her how fine (which she does) looks.


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