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Journalism students say they paid $40 in Ghana for a second-hand hard drive that contained information about multi-million-dollar defense contracts between the Pentagon, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and one of the largest military contractors in the United States.


One of the students said the hard drive was purchased in an open-air market in the coastal town of Tema from a local dealer who bought second-hand hard drives by the cargo load.


The drive contained
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From the nations largest financial services institutions to the local YMCA, legal and privacy experts maintain that organizations that inadvertently or secretly expose their customers data will increasingly face legal action.


According to legal experts, most companies are not yet operating under the same type of rigorous data protection statutes that the federal government requires of its branches. That means individuals affected by such data losses at corporate enterprises lack the
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Anybody with five bucks and a little patience may be able to score sensitive corporate or customer data on eBay.


Idaho Power Co. discovered that possibility last week as it scrambled to track down company disk drives that had been sold on eBay without having been scrubbed first. Data on the drives, which had been used in servers, contained proprietary company information such as memos, correspondence with some
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InformationWeekA recycling article primarily focusing on data security for consumers when disposing of old equipment. PC Disposal is quoted several times.

Consumer interest in safely ditching data has been fueled by a steady stream of reports of personal records found on used equipment. In May, a German maker of disk
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CIO TodayQuote from PC Disposal: "As companies get ready to clean their closets, drive cleansing should be more than just an afterthought," said Kory Bostwick of PC Disposal. "Considering that trade secrets or other sensitive information could be on the drives, the company could be opening itself up for a lawsuit or identity theft if it's not careful."
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