I guess I never thought about it. Have you? Some of you techies might realize this but how many of us think the image is scanned, transferred and then gone?
While our company only does document (paper) destruction at the moment, we get news as a member of NAID (National Association of Information Destruction and they pointed this out a few days ago.
A report from CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/04/19/eveningnews/main6412439.shtml goes into much better detail but "nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive - like the one on your personal computer - storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine."
If the scanner is attached to a computer, we can think it through that the document would be on the computer hard drive, but I think I would find out TODAY if there is a hard rive on my scanner too, since it is a copier as well!
In fact, I am going to the manufacturer's website right after I post this blog. We copy our tax returns, driver's license etc. and it never dawned on me that when I throw out the old scanners, I could be putting our information out for anyone to misuse.
That seems important enough to put in manufacturer's literature. They warn me not to use the scanner while taking a shower so why not tell me about a hard drive with private information.