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Motorola sold refurbished Xoom tablets with previous owners data on board

Android device maker Motorola has announced that some of the refurbished Xoom tablet devices it has sold, contained data belonging to their previous users.

According to the company themselves, between October and December in 2011, it had sold 6,200 refurbished Xoom tablets via Woot.com. What comes as a serious breach of privacy, 100 of those tablet contained data belonging to their previous owners.

The company has admitted in a press release that the affected tablets contained some information related to their previous owners.

Motorola maintained that only a small number of their tablet devices were affected with the problem and the company was committed to its consumers. The hardware maker was informed that the information found on the tablets belonging to the previous owners, included documents and images.

"Motorola sincerely regrets and apologizes for any inconvenience this situation has caused the affected customers. Motorola is committed to rigorous data protection practices in order to protect its customers, and will continue to take the necessary steps to achieve this objective," the company said in a statement.

Motorola is now offering two year membership of Experian's ProtectMyID service for free, in order to protect their accounts in the future.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.