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Enabling Full Disk Access

As with the previous iteration of macOS, Catalina has increased its security measures, which has caused complications with existing software. The primary cause for this issue is that Full Disk Access is required for apps (such as Terminal or Permanent Eraser) to access the contents of the Trash. Since Permanent Eraser was not able to find the contents in the Trash, it was not erasing anything. The following steps detail how to enable Full Disk Access for Permanent Eraser so it can erase files from the Trash in Catalina:

  1. Open up the System Preferences (Apple Menu > System Preferences)
  2. Select the Security & Privacy pane.
  3. Click on the Privacy tab.
  4. Click on the lock in the bottom-left corner and type in your administrator credentials to unlock it.
  5. Select the Full Disk Access option in the left pane.
  6. Click on the + button and add Permanent Eraser to the list of approved applications for Full Disk Access. Make sure that the checkbox to the left of Permanent Eraser is checked.
  7. Close the System Preferences window