Computers are decreasing in cost and increasing in speed and storage capacity. It's often easier and less expensive to replace old equipment. This means that, at some point, an attorney will be faced with the prospect of disposing of computer equipment. The passage of the Federal Trade Commission's Disposal Rule ( 16 CFR Part 682) on June 1, 2005, says that companies disposing of computer equipment need to take steps necessary to remove personal or financial information from the machines. No one wants their personal information to fall into the wrong hands, but attorneys must also consider the privacy of their client's information. In addition to business issues involving computers, there are also environmental concerns as some areas are increasing regulation covering computer waste.