Mobile phone recycling 'should remember data protection'

20 April 2010 — 3:57 PM

EDPS speaks about mobile phone recycling

Mobile phone recycling has been placed in the spotlight by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

EDPS Peter Hustinx has said data protection risks need to be taken into account, commenting on the vast amount of information that can be stored on personal devices when they are disposed.

However, he made clear he welcomed the environmental benefits of mobile phone recycling and the safe disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

"Respect for security measures and a 'privacy by design' approach should be seen as essential pre-conditions in order to effectively guarantee the right to the protection of personal data," said Mr Hustinx.

He added WEEE disposal should, therefore, take into account data protection risks, not just environmental risks.

Individuals who want to use Envirofone for mobile phone recycling may be encouraged to hear the firm also recycles or re-uses handset accessories for those Britons who really want to go green.

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