Over 50 million metric tons of e-waste
According to the United Nations, in 2020 over 50 million metric tons of e-waste have been discarded worldwide.
An amount which has annually grown in recent years due to an increased access to technologies, and the throw-away culture promoted by electronics manufacturers, encouraging consumers and businesses to throw away their old devices to make way for the latest technological innovations.
Among the e-wastes, are included also all types of data carriers (computers, photocopiers, printers, phones, tablets) that are often thrown away without any data protection.
This huge amount of carriers often go into the second hand market without proper disposal, potentially giving free access to all the data inside.
According to Idaho National Laboratory, around 20 million hard drives are retired from major data centers every year just in the United States.
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