Erase Personal Devices Before Disposal

Before disposing of any device or media, you should take steps to make sure you have removed all personal and other sensitive data from it. Vulnerable data that might be stolen from a device could include your bank or investment account number and password, your credit card numbers, information in databases, spreadsheets, tax software, and data from research projects.

If you use your personally owned device to access or work with sensitive U-M data, you are expected to secure it in compliance with Security of Personally Owned Devices That Access or Maintain Sensitive Institutional Data (SPG 601.33). This includes sanitizing it before disposal.

Erase Computers and Mobile Devices

The following resources provide how-to instructions for securely deleting data from university or personally owned computing devices and storage media.

Securely Delete Files from Computers

Physical Destruction of Devices or Media for Secure Disposal

When devices or drives are inoperable, it may be necessary to destroy them to ensure secure disposal. Destruction may also be required by some laws or regulations governing certain types of data. See Destroy Devices and Media for instructions.