What about the personal data on those millions of recalled Note7s?
The users of millions of faulty Samsung Galaxy Note7s, already turned in, face a bigger potential dilemma than whether the devices might blow up: The fate of their personal data on the devices.
Many of the users of some 3 million Note7 devices sold were told by Samsung and government officials to immediately stop using the devices. They most likely didn’t have time to thoroughly wipe sensitive personal data like credit card numbers or medical information.
Samsung hasn’t divulged what it plans to do with the Note7s that were turned in, and didn’t respond this week to a query about how it plans to ensure customer data is kept confidential.
The company said earlier this week that it is reviewing options for environmentally disposing of the Note7 phones after Greenpeace demanded Samsung find ways to reuse rare materials in the phones, such as gold and tungsten.