It’s a sad, but true fact that a huge proportion of the companies that claim to be Ewaste recyclers turn out to be just exporters of electronic waste to overseas countries. Most people are blind to the damage caused to countries like China or Nigeria by the huge amount of Ewaste collecting in landfills. The illegal recyclers use primitive methods of recycling like burning, breaking and dismantling without using protective equipment and portions that are not useful are finally dumped in the rivers. Some others believe that by sending electronic waste to these countries, they are helping to boost the country’s economy by providing jobs in Ewaste recycling to the impoverished unemployed citizens.
The reality, however, is that when Ewaste containing personal data on their internal memory is illegally shipped to countries in Africa, China, or India, it gets in the hands of organized criminals who scan the hard drives and other memory devices for information that can be used to commit fraud, including addresses, phone numbers and financial details.
Exporting Ewaste exposes personal and confidential information to fraudsters
China’s Ewaste problems may be an issue they need to struggle with, yet cases of financial fraud and identity theft may put an individual or a company in a difficult situation. Most people opt for the convenience of online services, with services like online shopping, banking, social networking, filing tax returns never have been more popular. All of these require inputting personal and financial details, that is then saved and stored on the hard drive of the computer.
For protection from being a victim of fraud, it is essential to ensure that all sensitive and confidential data should be destroyed when the particular electronic asset is being retired. Deleting information from a computer does not make it go away; the hard drive should be physically destroyed or granulated in a secure environment.
It is important to be cautious and not get misled by fraudulent recycling companies. Everyone should be careful when it comes to disposing Ewaste and make sure that it is recycled responsibly.