[LINK] Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence

Steven Clark steven.clark at internode.on.net
Thu Mar 3 10:34:58 AEDT 2011

On 03/03/11 09:45, Roger Clarke wrote:
> At 9:55 +1100 3/3/11, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence
>> 'Golden age' of forensics coming to close
>> By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
>> Posted in ID, 1st March 2011
>> The Register
>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/01/self_destructing_flash_drives/
> ...
>> Data stored [in solid-state memory] is [able to be] permanently erased ...
> So, normal service is resumed.
> Recoverability of nominally deleted data was an incidental feature of 
> magnetic recording media, different from rocks, vellum (remember the 
> palimpsest!) and paper.
> The feature will fade away as magnetic media fades away.
> To co-opt one of the great advertising lines:
>         'What part of 'delete' don't you understand?'.
i predict that this will accelerate demands from certain interests for
'data retention' laws.

Steven R Clark

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