Personal data found on UK second-hand handsets by Channel 4

Publication: GoMo News
Date: 7th February 2014
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“To say its worrying to find two of the largest pawn shop chains are selling mobile phones with data still on them is an understatement,”

“As consumers, we are becoming increasingly reliant on our mobile devices, from basic communications, social media, to mobile banking and payment transactions, and therefore the data they carry is more and more sensitive.”

“Businesses that process mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets for use as second hand products have a responsibility to the sellers, and buyers of these devices to ensure that the proper security procedures are applied so that personal data is thoroughly and permanently destroyed.”

“It’s not good enough to delete the personal data to only a “basic standard” or worse still, not at all as there is an obligation to comply with data protection laws.”

“One way of doing this, is to meet recognised industry standards such as the Device Renewal Forum Certification Compliance criteria for Data Sanitization for mobile devices, ” Boddington commented

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