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is the act of discarding media with no other sanitization considerations. This is most often done by paper recycling containing non-confidential information but may also include other media.[1]
include[s] the discarding or abandonment of consumer information, as well as the sale, donation, or transfer of any medium, including computer equipment, upon which consumer information is stored.[2]
[is t]he actions taken regarding temporary records after their retention periods expire and consisting usually of destruction or occasionally of donation.[3]


  1. NIST, Guidelines for Media Sanitization 26 (NIST Special Publication 800-88) (Sept. 2006).
  2. 16 C.F.R., Part 313, Section 313.3(2)(i).
  3. EPA, Vocabulary Catalog List Detail - Records Glossary (full-text).

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