Americans are more concerned with data privacy than job creation, study shows

“There is one and only one social responsibility of business,” noted famed economist Milton Friedman in 1962: “to increase its profits." 

But, was Friedman right?

Not to most U.S. adults. 

Americans believe that companies should have a mission that goes beyond the money—one that has a positive impact on world hunger, job creation and education, according to the latest Harris Poll data. 

Why the world’s recycling system stopped working

Why the world’s recycling system stopped working

As Robert Reed examines a mountain of trash piled three storeys high, a thin white plastic bag catches his eye. He fishes it out and holds it up. “That is a problem plastic,” he says gravely. “These get stuck in the machines, and there is no market for them.” He gives it a little wave and lets it float back down on to the heap.

Samsung Partners with Basel Action Network to Enhance e-Waste Tracking

Since 2008, Samsung has been a strong supporter of recycling by providing convenient and responsible takeback options for consumer electronics globally. In a new initiative with our partner – Basel Action Network (BAN), we are adopting BAN’s EarthEyeTM service – a global GPS based tracking system for electronic waste.

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Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach over US$114 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.4 percent from last year, according to recent forecasts from Gartner, a market researcher.

IBM Security - Data Breaches. The threat is real.

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When Natalie Hall, a 15 year old from Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, traded her broken iPhone into a recycling kiosk for $11, she didn't expect she'd ever see it again. Then, she started receiving screenshots of her personal photos on her "recycled phone" from a man in Dubai, reported the CBC News Service. He also accessed her private Instagram account and sent her direct messages.

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The annual Ponemon studyon data breach trends demonstrates a continued increase in the cost and frequency of data breach incidents worldwide. While about 48% of data loss is a result of a malicious or criminal attacks, 27% of breaches are caused by negligent acts from employees or contractors.This carelessness often stems from mismanaged processes for controlling data destruction.

BAN releases results of Australian tracking project

GPS trackers used in a United Nations-funded study showed Australian e-scrap was exported to Hong Kong, according to the Basel Action Network.

The watchdog group issued a press release Aug. 8 on the results of a one-year scrap tracking effort funded by a grant from the United Nations Regional Enforcement Network on Chemicals and Waste.

ERI’s John Shegerian Warns that Amid All-Time High Data Breach Numbers, Security Efforts Must Defend Against Hacks on Discarded Hardware

NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Citing the recently released 2018 Thales Data Threat Report, which revealed data breach numbers are at an all-time high, John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, has claimed that individuals, businesses and even our national security is at an escalated level of risk. To combat that risk, Shegerian said, it has become urgently important to account for data on discarded hardware as well as cyberspace data protections.

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GPS money pack helps nab Turkey Hill robbery suspect in York, cops say

A York man — who police say wore and mask and brandished a gun during a Turkey Hill robbery Sunday in the city — was tracked down by a GPS device given to him by a clerk, according to charging documents.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citing a recent article in Insurance Journal about the record number of data breaches reported by New Yorkers last year, John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, claims we are just seeing the beginning and that hardware data security remains a “significant threat to national security.”

Cox Sued for Toxic Dumping, Improper Handing of Private Data

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Cox Communications is being sued for illegally dumping potentially-toxic hardware as well as the casual treatment of private consumer data. According to a lawsuit filed last month (pdf) by the state attorney general in San Diego Superior Court, Cox employees in California threw away customer records without shredding or erasing personal information. 

E-waste chokes Southeast Asia

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A police raid on the Wai Mei Dat Thai Recycling factory, 100km east of Bangkok last month revealed a shocking find. The 40-acre complex was laden with huge piles of electronic waste – keyboards, motherboards, electrical wires, computer screens and smartphone batteries, just to name a few.

Photo: A stack of computer scrap at Scrap Computing Trading, one of Malaysia's leading private electronics recycling companies, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. (Manan Vatsyayana / AFP Photo)