IT Week Staff
06 Mar 2008
British IT leaders are struggling to get to grips with regulations
governing the disposal of electrical equipment, with nearly
three-quarters admitting they had no idea that legislation was in force.
According to a study by data recovery vendor Kroll Ontrack, 73 per cent
of IT professionals were unaware of the Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE) regulations which finally came into force in the UK in
The fact that so many companies still havent got to grips with the WEEE
directive could spell danger, said Phil Bridge, managing director of
Kroll Ontrack. In addition to failing to comply with regulations,
companies could also be putting sensitive data at risk.
The research indicated that half of all businesses use some form of data
deletion technology to ensure end-of-life equipment does not contain
But Bridge suggested much of the deletion technology being used was not
fit for purpose.
The data deletion market is saturated with solutions that promise to
delete data. However, the effects of many products can easily be
reversed by computer experts, leaving data vulnerable to attack or
misuse. Using a Government or Infosec accredited product is the only way
to ensure delete really means permanently deleted, unrecoverable, he
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