BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A CBS News investigation has uncovered shocking, confidentialinformation on an old copy machine discarded by the Buffalo PoliceDepartment.
This is a story News 4 brought you Monday night, and Tuesdayofficials are still being pretty tight lipped about it.
A CBS investigator went to a warehouse in New Jersey and boughtfour used digital copiers.
Two of them had been used by Buffalo Police, and still hadinformation on the hard drives.
One appeared to have most of the information scrubbed off. But,still had information about sex offenders and domestic violencecases. The other, had information about narcotic drug raids,through operation IMPACT.
City Attorney Diane O'Gorman sent a letter to CBS producerssaying, the city was unaware that information was still on the harddrives, and demanding they be returned.
The letter goes on to say, the copiers were leased from Toshibaand Toshiba released or sold them.
Tuesday morning, News 4 tried to get more information from themayor, but couldn't get much.
News 4 asked Mayor Byron Brown if he was concerned that theremay be more than two of these computers out there.
Brown answered, "I think we're going to wait for the informationto get back."
Buffalo Common Council President David Franczyk said, "Thevendor should have a responsibility to say that those things are inthere, and if the city leases any more computers, I'm sure it'sgoing to be on the forefront of our mind to ask the question, orassume they're there and take the proper actions so no sensitiveinformation is out in the universe."
News 4 has tried to reach Toshiba on this, but keeps gettingdirected to their website. On it, it says whoever leases thecopiers should pay for an end-of-life policy up front. Basicallysaying, pay for the security at the end in the beginning.
In the city's defense, CBS producers say most of the informationhad been taken off the copiers.
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