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3. What do I do with old computers or phones?

Why can I not leave everything at the electronic recycle room?

The storage (usually a hard drive or flash memory with permanent storage) in may contains software with licenses belonging to Uppsala University (Windows, Office, Adobe etc).

Sometimes the storage contains passwords (stored in Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Thunderbird etc), password hashes (kerberos keys in Windows, macOS etc) or private keys (PyTTY, OpenSSH etc).

Sometimes the drives also contains sensitive personal data or data of other sensitive nature.

Option one - give it to BMC-IT

  1. Please fill in the form Data deletion approval.
  2. Give the equipment to BMC-IT. We will either scrap it or try to reuse the parts. If it is not for scrapping or possible reuse we cannot store it.
  3. Report the equipment as scrapped in the department inventory. pp

Option two - scrap it right away

  1. Remove the permanent storage (hard drive, solid-state drive, flash or other). This may not be possible in all devices.
  2. Please fill in the form Data deletion approval.
  3. Give the storage to BMC-IT (or your Local IT).
    1. If the storage contain really sensitive data it will be sent to the Security and safety division or the facility they recommend.
    2. If the data is not as sensitive and the drive is meaningsful to reuse, we will erase the drive on the block level (killdisk) and then reuse it.
  4. Bring the equipment to the electronic recycle room at The Goods reception at BMC.
  5. Report the equipment as scrapped in the department inventory.

This entry computer.scrap was last modified 2018-06-15

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