Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including safe disposition and transportation for lithium ion batteries, a new ITAD blockchain tool in development, data sanitization issues being tackled by SERI and Google’s $392M privacy settlement.
The IoT has been steadily growing over the last few decades, increasing the amount of electronic devices in the world. As a result, this increase in electronics usage has also increased concern regarding the safety of Lithium Ion batteries, specifically their removal. LIBs are in most electronic devices used every day including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and now growing increasingly in the electric vehicle industry. The escalating use of LIBs raises several obvious issues, the two most important being disposition and transportation.
A large facet of ITAD enterprises is IT asset management. A smooth process requires adequate preparation and transparent communication with downstream vendors, which can sometimes prove difficult when some are not willing to share information. Stakeholders in the industry have begun developing a blockchain-based project in order to better track data and reduce the possibility of fraud in buying and selling devices, with nonprofit organization, the OBADA Foundation leading the efforts.
Data security is a top priority for many businesses, especially in the tech industry, but what most people are unaware of is that data remains on a device until it is completely erased. Proper data sanitization is a critical step in keeping personal information safe, and Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) is going above and beyond to ensure data sanitization meets R2v3 standards.
Using any type of electronic device can be extremely convenient, but it can also be a privacy gamble. For decades tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft have preached the importance of users’ privacy, but always manage to find themselves in hot water. Despite claims of making users’ data security a top priority, Google is once again under fire for “misleading and deceptive tactics regarding users’ location data,” according to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.