The vulnerability of information stored on a computer hard drive has been
recognized as a security risk for some time, but did you know that digital
photocopiers and high-end laser printers also include a hard drive which can
store and log all of your activity? Today’s copiers and printers harvest images
of every scanned, faxed and printed document.
Think for a moment about the vast quantities of information that you
routinely print and copy: personnel files, financial reports, legal documents
and commercial contracts – even your own passport. Now imagine this sensitive
information falling into the hands of an unscrupulous third party. Unless you
take action, every time a digital copier or high-end laser printer leaves your
control, all the data stored on its hard drive will go with it and you run the
risk of falling victim to identity or data theft, according to Verity Systems.