Hard-drives usually contain sensitive information. Even if the operating system has passwords, a user may be able to boot a different OS to access the files, or they can even take the drive out and put it in another computer to get to the files.
Some smart-phones and laptops can be set up to allow a user to remotely wipe them if they are stolen. Is there a program or something that to make a sort of dead-man's-switch whereby the contents of the drive are automatically wiped if a password or similar device is not supplied periodically? Alternately, are there special drives that can be protected like this?