Scentric is publishing details of a Data Privacy Assessment Tool which you can download to assess how likely you are to be storing sensitive personal information on your system. You can download it from here.

Naturally you have to provide your contact details. You also have to have some dot Net software installed, 22MB of it.

The Scentric web site blurb says: "This tool is designed to scan local or network drives for files containing potentially sensitive information like credit card numbers, social security numbers etc. The types of information scanned for include:

- Personal identity - documents that may contain sensitive information related to a person's identity and which could be used for identity theft. The scan looks for a variety of items including credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club International, Discover) and social security numbers

- Confidential material - documents that may contain sensitive information related to company projects. The scan looks for keywords including "Confidential", "For Internal Use" etc.

- Medical information - documents that may contain sensitive medical or healthcare related information. The scan looks for keywords including "Life Insurance", "Health Insurance" etc.

- Payroll information - documents that may contain sensitive information related to the company payroll. The scan looks for keywords including "Salary", "Stock Options", "Date Of Hire" etc.

- Objectionable material - documents that may contain explicit language of a sexual nature. A list of the words included in this search can be supplied on request.

What fun. I downloaded it and the dot Net SW and installed them both. When the Scentric SW ran the first thing you see is a note about it being much inferior to Scentric Destiny which provides far more information, blah, blah.

I ran the SW. The scan was worthwhile, even on my personal PC. It found lots of username/password combinations in various files - for a wifi service for example. Run the software yourself. It will probably surprise you just how much personal and private information there is in your tens, hundreds of thousands of server and desktop files.