U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS regulations are very clear and specific for procedures to securely dispose of systems and the data which has resided on them. Whether you are retiring a single magnetic disk, a typewriter ribbon, or an entire database, you and others charged with sanitization must take precautions to purge, incinerate, or otherwise destroy all traces of protected data.
IT, biomedical, research staff, and others who are designated by local management to sanitize media, keep four requirements in mind. These four requirements are described in detail on the next slide.
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Data Storage and Erasure