NJ discovers secure data on end-of-life computers

Audit reveals Social Security numbers, child abuse case files, among other information left on PCs allocated for auction

New Jersey’s Office of the State Comptroller has discovered secure or personal data on 79 percent of the state’s work computers involved in a recent audit, according to an article on Government Technology.

Among the data found on the computers were Social Security numbers, child abuse case files and personal files of a state judge.

The computers, which had been allocated for public auction, should have had, in keeping with state guidelines, all the data removed from their hard drives before they were sent to New Jersey’s surplus property warehouse, where they were being stored and where the investigation took place. However, it appears that some state agencies failed to comply.

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