I just started a new job and have recently gotten wind that at my last job, the person that was hired to assume my responsibilities is being given the exact computer image of the laptop that I used on the job.
This, importantly, means that file system that I left behind is being given to the new hire as-is. So, if I left any personal information on this computer, the new hire will have access to those files in my file system.
I did my due diligence during my two week notice and zipped up all of the work-related files that I thought would be useful to somebody that replaced me, and put a big README in that zip file that explained what everything was in there. (I gave this zip to my manager on a thumb drive with the intent of protecting my privacy and preventing this exact scenario) My manager apparently doesn't want to use this thumb drive and instead wants to copy the image of my computer and give that to the new hire.
I also tried my best to find and delete anything on my computer's file system that contained personal information. However, I know for a fact that while I worked at my last company, I filled out and saved a number of forms that contained banking details or my SSN. I filled out these forms because they were required by my employer for various reasons. Those forms are most likely deleted, but what if I forgot/missed something?
Is my previous employer allowed to do this? By 'this' I mean copy the image of a previous employee's laptop to be given to another employee.
I'll probably reach out to my previous manager and express my concerns, but if the new hire ends up finding one of the forms that I filled out (that contains banking details or my SSN), am I allowed to make a specific request for that file to be deleted?