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Does Your Business Need Secure Document Shredding?

 

Identity theft is an ever-present threat to not only customers and consumers, but also to business owners too. Companies of all shapes and sizes are just as vulnerable to identity theft as the rest of us, and as a business owner you are not only just trying to protect yourself, but others too.

When you run a business you are responsible for protecting the confidential data held within your company. This confidential data includes not only your business customers, but your staff too.

Your business will be storing all sorts of personal information, from credit or debit card data to personal information about birth dates and addresses. Whatever customer information you collect, store and discard, you have a responsibility for it. How you manage this sensitive data will prevent it from winding up in the hands of identity thieves.

Secure document shredding is by far the most effective method of safely disposing of old, outdated, expired and unwanted information. Yet for many years proper disposal of confidential data was overlooked, resulting in many thousands of personal records ending up completely intact on rubbish dumps or at standard recycling centres that don't deal with confidential waste, so don't have the proper procedures in place to securely deal with it.

Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 is a regulation that is designed to protect personal data stored on computers or in an organised paper filing system. Breaching this act can put your business at serious risk of costly fines and lawsuits. The impact of falling foul of the rules can not only cost your business financially, but also the public damage to your reputation from exposing customer information can be devastating. The results could see your business having to close down.

Many people hear about cyber security breaches and electronic identity theft on the news, but the stealing of paper-based documents doesn't often make the headlines. However, the stealing of paper documentation is by far the easiest way for the majority of identity theft criminals to get the information they want.

Identity theft criminals can use your customer information – or your employee information – to open new bank accounts, source new credit card accounts, secure loans and overdrafts, as well as write bad cheques that will inevitably bounce.

Utilise secure document shredding

When your business needs to dispose of paperwork that has reached the end of it's useful life, you will need to look for a secure document shredding solution that will continue to protect the confidential data it contains throughout the whole destruction process.

Restore Datashred services are here to help you. We can supply your company with secure confidential waste bins that are locked to prevent confidential data from being removed. This is better than leaving old paperwork stacked up in a corner of an office, or left in an open recycling bin.

Restore datashred services offer you a choice of secure on-site or off-site paper shredding. This is the best way to help you prevent the risk of document theft at source. As a certified document shredding specialist company, we have very secure systems in place to safely dispose of your confidential waste. Once we have completely finished the shredding process, you will be issued a Certificate of Destruction that confirms the completion of the process.

GDPR

Are you prepared for GDPR? New data protection rules came into force on the 25th of May, 2018, a lot of information has been shared about GDPR. Many companies will now find themselves in possession of a lot of expired paperwork as a result of the recent shake-up. Get in touch with us today so we can help you safely dispose of your redundant paperwork.

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