Worldwide spending on software and hardware around the Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to grow rapidly, from $726 billion in 2019 to $1.1 trillion in 2023, according to a report from market research firm International Data Corporation. The responsive nature of these devices means they need to be “always-on”, which has led to concerns as to when the device is “listening” and what data it records and stores. Smart devices, particularly speakers, are increasingly common in both the home and workplace, listening to our most private conversations and requests. While there is the question of who owns the recorded data, there is a greater issue: where is the data stored, and how it is tracked and ultimately destroyed at end-of-life? A recent article in Infosecurity magazine by Frederik Forslund of Data Erasure Software firm Blancco recently examined the issue of data protection for smart devices.