New Jersey legislation aims to regulate disposal of state computers

    Sensitive information found on discarded computers of New Jersey state agencies has prompted legislaton for the safe disposal of state computers, software and portable communication devices.

    The bill was released 5-0 yesterday by the Assemby State Government Committee, and would require the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property and the Chief Technology Officer of the State’s Office of Information Technology to develop a way to properly dispose of any computer or computer-related materials controlled by state agencies in New Jersey, according to The Gloucester County Times.

    Comotroller Matthew Boxer found confidential information like child abuse reports and Social Security numbers was left on state agency computers that were going to be auctioned off.

    The program will also regulate how items are redistributed among state agencies and how to dispose of any items not distributed or purchased.

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