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Robin England is a Senior Research & Development Engineer at Ontrack. With over 20 years of experience in the data recovery industry, Robin develops the proprietary hardware and software tools that Ontrack engineers use to retrieve lost data from any type of storage media.

Did You Know That Deleting Your Confidential Data Doesn’t Actually Erase It?

Let’s start with the good news. When I asked one of my company’s engineers whether requests for data erasure were on the rise, we found out that there has been a massive rise of 466% over the past year in the UK. This included single device erasure in our labs of mobile phones, tablets and laptops as well as businesses requiring managed erasure services onsite using our Live Environment Erasure (LEE) solutions. So, what’s driving that escalation in demand for data erasure from servers, drives, computers and mobile devices? The introduction of GDPR in 2018 is one of the biggest drivers for businesses as organisations prepare for requirements such as the right to be forgotten. We have seen a significant rise in requests for secure erasure services as companies mitigate against the risk...