This year marks the 50th anniversary of the good, old fashioned copier machine. Over the years, copiers have become increasing sophisticated, and many of today’s copiers are more like computers than the copiers that originally hit the market.
As a result, all of the information that is copied is now permanently stored on the copier’s hard drive, just like on your computer’s hard drive.
From medical records to tax returns, it is all there on the copier, just waiting to be retrieved by anyone who has the desire to use other peoples’ personal information for their own gain.
CBS News recently aired a story on this issue, and the implications range from identity theft to national security. It’s worth watching.