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Seagate Secure™ Certified Erase Protects Data and Enables The Circular Economy

Statistics show that about 600 Million new Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD) are sold and put into service each year. Seagate sold a whopping 367 Exabytes of data in calendar year 2018. This is more than an exabyte per day! And according to the IDC Data Age report, the global datasphere is only going to continue to grow—from 33 Zettabytes in 2018 to over 175 Zettabytes in 2025.

This data storage growth means an increasing amount of data and storage devices are taken out of service, repurposed, reused, recycled, and/or enter landfills. The data on these drives is subject to pervasive global data privacy laws, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the U.S. Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), intellectual property regulations, and data breach regulationsall with severe financial and brand penalties for data breaches.