Canadians Should Recycle Their Computers, Not Their Data

    - CBL Data Recovery Urges Corporations and Individuals to Safely Dispose
    of Computer Hardware without Leaving Private Data on Hard Drives -

    MARKHAM, ON, April 18 /CNW/ - With Earth Day approaching, many Canadians
are thinking about recycling. And with new technology constantly being
introduced to the market, thoughts turn to recycling computers. However, both
corporations and individuals alike are not always taking the necessary
precautions to completely eliminate information from hard drives when they
dispose of their computers.
    Before computers are donated to charities, resold or placed on the curb
for garbage pick up, the hard drives of computers should be wiped of
sensitive, private information. Data contained on non-functioning computers
could fall into the wrong hands much to the embarrassment of the previous
    The revelation last week that a laptop computer which contained personal
information regarding Canadian Alliance party members in the riding of
Calgary-Nose Hill was purchased on eBay is yet another important reminder that
sometimes data needs to be destroyed, especially when computers change hands.
    "Even though data can be lost due to physical damage or human error, it's
not irretrievable," says Bill Margeson, president and CEO of CBL Data Recovery
Technologies Inc. "That's why it's especially important that computers
changing hands, either for reuse or disposal, are properly cleansed of all
personal information."
    Many people think that repeatedly deleting data, repartitioning or
reformatting the hard drive are sufficient means to render data inaccessible.
In reality, until data is actually overwritten by new information or a signal,
it can be recovered by programs that read disk sectors directly. The only
infallible ways to destroy data or make it completely inaccessible are to
degauss, wipe the drive, overwrite files or to simply destroy the storage
media itself.
    CBL Data Recovery Technologies offers a free application for Windows that
eliminates the possibility of resurrecting computer data. CBL Data Shredder
provides a variety of destruction techniques of differing levels of security
and convenience. CBL Data Shredder techniques satisfy the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police DSX Method, the U.S. Department of Defense Standard 5220.22-M,
as well as the German BSI Verschlussachen-IT-Richtlinien (VSITR) Standard. To
download CBL Data Shredder for Windows, go to

    About CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. (

    Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Markham, Ontario, CBL Data Recovery
Technologies Inc. is a leading international provider of data recovery
services. CBL employs proprietary techniques to recover data quickly and
effectively from a wide array of affected media including hard drives, tapes,
and other magnetic, optical and removable media. CBL offers services worldwide
through its network of data recovery laboratories, customer service centers,
and authorized partners in Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada,
China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, United
Kingdom, and the United States.

For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Susan Stuart, CBL Data Recovery
Technologies Inc., (905) 479-9938, 1-800-551-3917,; Gary
Hilson, Sacke & Associates Inc., (416) 493-5723, x 203,

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