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This Data Nudge is on an uncommon topic - data destruction. At the end of a project cycle, after ensuring underlying data of your project is safely archived, the remaining data should be carefully reviewed. Reasons why data disposal may be considered:
         • complying with a retention period
         • reducing volume for ease of management and maintenance
         • reducing storage cost
         • freeing space for other resources

Note: Access to data must be controlled by individuals or organizations to prevent unauthorized access of high risk data. Be mindful when handling high risk data which require proper storage, access, and destruction processes.

storage media

• Files in physical storage - must be cleared, purged or overwritten prior to disposal, re-purposing, or release. Consider physical destruction if needed: crushing, shredding, or degaussing.

• Files on shared network drives or cloud storage - contact local IT or Technology Services about securely deleting data.

• Files on paper - sensitive data must be physically destroyed (shredded or incinerated). Do not place in recycle bin.

 
 
 

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