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Never trust a Photo Copier

#1
Here's a little item to brighten your day regarding the security or otherwise of Photo Copiers. It seems the modern ones have a hard drive in them.
Does anyone check to see if these are removed and destroyed when the machines are disposed of? From this item on CBS News it would seem that no -one does.

Never Trust a Photo Copier
 
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#3
Photo-copiers, and Printers have HDDs in them nowadays (not all of them obviously)

We have to remove these and blanco/destroy these upon disposal of the printer for obvious reasons.
 
#4
The Hard Drives in photocopiers are for you to copy and store commonly used forms so they can be printed out even if the last one from the pile is used before it can be copied. They don't copy everything you photocopy.

Of course, you should delete these forms before disposing of the photocopier and remember, delete isn't always 'delete'. Something to be aware of, not to panic about.


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#5
The earliest copiers were made by the yanks and Xerox supplied them to the Russki's too, there's were specially adapted to take copies of any documents xeroxed - microfilm etc.
 
#12
There was a bit of a Data Protection flap about this but no idea what, if anything, happened as a result:

European Parliament Written Questions
Subject: Tracking codes in photocopiers and colour laser printers

Written question - Tracking codes in photocopiers and colour laser printers - E-5724/2007

Answer:

"To the extent that individuals may be identified through material printed or copied using certain equipment, such processing may give rise to the violation of fundamental human rights, namely the right to privacy and private life. It also might violate the right to protection of personal data.

The protection of privacy is ensured by Article 8 of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in Article 7, provides for the protection of private and family life, home and communication, and in Article 8, for the protection of personal data.

Directive 95/46/EC of Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (‘Data Protection Directive’)(1) ensures the protection of personal data and applies regardless of the technology used for the processing of personal data."

Answer to a written question - Tracking codes in photocopiers and colour laser printers - E-5724/2007
 
#16
They also leave a near invisible coding when printing - so every copy can be traced back to the originating machine.
That's exactly what camera's do nowadays. If you buy a camera using your credit card or ordering somewhere where it's traceable back to you, you can be found.

If you take any dodgy photo's it can be traced back to you.
 
#17
I am frequently tasked to "safely dispose" of hard drives, and there's always some cnut trying to sell me the latest 5 million pass DOD software for much cash.

I cut them into 4 with a 9 inch grinder. (the drives not the software guys)
 
#19
The Hard Drives in photocopiers are for you to copy and store commonly used forms so they can be printed out even if the last one from the pile is used before it can be copied. They don't copy everything you photocopy.

Of course, you should delete these forms before disposing of the photocopier and remember, delete isn't always 'delete'. Something to be aware of, not to panic about.
Of course don't forget that scanning is a different matter, RAM retains data and if not flushed slowly degrades and finally the good old image on the drum.

Paranoid, me, Nah!
 

Trans-sane

LE
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#20
I am frequently tasked to "safely dispose" of hard drives, and there's always some cnut trying to sell me the latest 5 million pass DOD software for much cash.

I cut them into 4 with a 9 inch grinder. (the drives not the software guys)
Elementry mistake. Cut the drives AND the software salesmen into 4. Just don't tell the Inland Revenue about the dismembered salesmen. Thats a taxable private health benefit these days.
 

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