An Information Technology (IT) professional, Mr Ifeanyi Ochonogor, has called for increased attention to electronic waste management and recycling to ensure proper data disposal.
“Government and company electronic waste recycling is important because there is so much data flying around in the clouds and IT equipment.
“What we understand as formating in of our devices is actually no form of defence against those that understand how to acquire information from your formated devices”, Ochonogor, Chief Executive Officer of E-terra Technologies, said.
He told journalists in Lagos that individuals and private companies administering data disruption ought to understand the different levels of data disposal.
He listed the levels as shredding, degaussing and total wipeout.
Ochonogor said that the understanding was necessary in protecting confidential data against hackers and others who understood how to acquire data from devices.
“The progress the world is making ought to have proper data sustainable innovations and protection.
“That is why E-terra brought in machines of international standards to guarantee that we all understand what proper data disruption is all about”, he said.
Ochonogor disclosed that Nigeria generated about 1.1 billion tonnes of e-waste annually with 40 per cent generated from Lagos.
“This is a crisis on its own but we have to understand that there is a difference between generating and importing e-waste.
“Whatever we generate from our consumption and constant use and purchase of technological devices is raising the bar.
“Empirical studies have linked the rising prevalence of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and immuno-cardiovascular diseases to exposure to e-waste materials which contain many debilitating substances,” he said. (NAN)