Smartphone disposal poses security risks, experts warn

Smartphone disposal poses security risks, experts warn

WASHINGTON — As manufacturers continue to roll out new smartphones, luring customers to ditch their old phones, data security experts warn that improperly disposed phones can be mined for personal data by hackers in the U.S. and abroad.

"Improper cellphone disposal is an ongoing problem and it's a huge issue," said Nick Akerman, partner and data security expert at Dorsey & Whitney. "People have more information on their cellphones than they do at home – once you have somebody's cellphone you have someone's entire life."