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Apple sues recycling partner for reselling more than 100,000 iPhones, iPads and Watches it was hired to dismantle

Author: Felicitas Carrique – The Verge

…Apple is suing former recycling partner GEEP Canada — now a part of Quantum Lifecycle Partners — for allegedly stealing and reselling at least 103,845 iPhones, iPads and Watches that it was hired to disassemble…
…When Apple did an audit, it discovered 18 percent of those devices were still accessing the internet through cellular networks. That 18 percent doesn’t count Apple devices without a cellular radio, so it’s possible an even higher percentage of the gadgets were resold…

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Editor Comment:

Back in 2014 I wrote a piece on how Avast! pulled personal information from wiped Android phones sold on eBay to demonstrate the dangers of selling off your old smart phone. Now it seems that trading in your iPhone with Apple has not been safe since 2015. The improvements in device encryption may severely limit the potential exposure of corporate email, texts and credentials from employee phones, but the steady escalation of data breaches and hacking attempts should make proper BYOD device disposal a requirement of you BYOD policy.

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