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What about the personal data on those millions of recalled Note7s?

Matt Hamblen | Nov. 7, 2016
Expert notes 'unprecedented' recall where users were told to stop using Note7, leaving no time to delete info.

Potentially, Samsung could incinerate the devices, creating an environmental problem. But if the company decides to handle the removal of data from each phone, Steinnon said, it needs to follow these steps:

  1. For an Android device like the Note7, don't use a factory reset, since it only removes pointers to the data and leaves data accessible. Use a secure data erasure method to overwrite the data.
  2. Make sure the data erasure adheres to legally required overwriting standards, such as HMG Infosec and DoD 52220.22 M.
  3. Make sure the erasure solution is approved by government agencies like NATO, Department of Defense and others.
  4. Obtain proof of erasure, such as a tamper-proof certificate that can't be altered.
  5. Double-check that all the data was in fact, erased.

Steinnon didn't name any consumer products to erase data, but some are available on the web, including ErasePhone and BlackBelt Smartphone Defence.

Blancco also offers a management console to companies for secure data erasure.

 

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