I was recently reading about laws/mandates/regulations concerning data wiping, such as HIPAA and PIPEDA. I've also read about various data wiping utilities being compliant or noncompliant with these laws (DBAN, for example, is apparently non-compliant). I even ran across xxxxxxx.
I'm confused though... what exactly does all this mean? I've gotten the impression that it is something that mainly affects corporations whose computers might contain sensitive data, but I also read something about needing to wipe your HDD in a compliant manner if you wish to donate your old PC. What do these laws mean to me and my personal computer use?
Is it illegal to use a noncompliant utility to wipe my HDD?
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