How to delete personal data safely from devices

When you are about to dispose of a laptop, smartphone or other electronic device, how can you safely delete all the personal data?

Some people think that a factory reset will do the job (not always) or they should hit hard disks with a hammer (sometimes not necessary).

The ICO has updated its guidance on how to delete personal data properly from a range of devices, and you can read their advice at

And perhaps you outsource this to your IT provider or someone else? Well, remember that you are responsible for making sure it’s done properly, regardless of who does it.