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By Troy Kelley
Washington State Auditor 

Audit finds confidential data left on surplussed computers

Guest Commentary


Washington state agencies face the same issue that confronts private citizens when it’s time to update their personal computers: how do you safely dispose of your old computer in an environmentally sound way that does not leave your confidential information stored on the computer’s hard drive?

A performance audit we released April 10 revealed some problems with the way state agencies were disposing of used computers.

We took a look at how well 13 state agencies were doing by examining used computers they had sent to the state surplus program for distribution or resale to the public. Most of the agencies had removed the information stored on the hard drives of computers they had surpl...

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