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The Pulse of ITAD: USB Drives Sold on eBay Contained Sensitive Data

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With a large number of organizations choosing to store vast amounts of enterprise and customer data on cloud databases rather than in hundreds of thousands of SSDs and HDDs, many of them are now selling off used USB drives, SSDs, and HDDs to third-party retailers.

With a large number of organizations choosing to store vast amounts of enterprise and customer data on cloud databases rather than in hundreds of thousands of SSDs and HDDs, many of them are now selling off used USB drives, SSDs, and HDDs to third-party retailers. However, what many organizations do not realize is that merely deleting files from USB drives using standard drive formatting tools is not enough to prevent sensitive company data or customer data from falling into the hands of third parties.

Last year, secure data erasure solutions provider Blancco tested over 150 used SSDs and HDDs purchased from eBay in the U.S., Germany, Finland, and the U.K. Blancco found that out of 159 SSDs and HDDs, 66 of them still contained some type of data and 25 of them contained personally identifiable information (PII) such as photos, birth certificates, names, email addresses and more.

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