Confidential Waste Information
Any organisation that handles sensitive data has a duty of care to make sure that their confidential waste is handled securely. This usually involves the destruction of the data whether it is on paper documents or in a digital format on something like a hard drive. The processing of this type of waste has become increasingly complicated over the last decade or so.
Handling confidential waste is a key part of any business operation nowadays and failure to comply with the current legislation can not only lead to criminal conviction and a sizeable fine but can also damage reputations and lead to problems such as identity theft. The good news is that there are plenty of specialist companies who can help you dispose of your confidential waste in the right way, keeping customers and your business safe.
Types of Confidential Waste
The range of confidential waste has grown considerably over the last ten to twenty years. It used to be hardcopy paperwork and other documentation that preoccupied the time of businesses and organisations. This was generally easy to deal with and most offices had a shredding machine nearby.
Now there is digital data and dealing with issues such as computer hard drives and smart devices such as mobile phones and tablets is just as important. It’s one area where many companies and organisations don’t realise that there is a significant risk. Wiping a drive does not necessarily get rid of confidential information.
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Confidential Waste Management
The management of confidential waste largely follows the same guidelines as general waste handling. Companies should be looking to prevent the creation of waste in the first place, then find ways to reuse and recycle before eventually disposing. The one driving factor that effects how they do this is the Data Protection Act 1998 which stipulates that organisations must make every effort to ensure that this data is disposed of correctly and securely. Failure to do so can lead to large fines and, in some cases, imprisonment.
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Confidential Waste Equipment
The mainstay of confidential waste equipment is, of course, the shredder. It has long been used by companies and organisations to safely dispose of sensitive data and information. Organisations have to be careful, though, and make sure they choose a shredder that actually disposes of the paperwork to the right standard. Lower grade shredders can often leave waste that can actually put back together much like a jigsaw puzzle. This may be why many companies now opt to use a professional confidential waste disposal service where the paper is reduced to small, confetti type pieces.
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Legislation and Confidential Waste
The main additional legislation relating to confidential waste disposal is the Data Protection Act 1998. It means that businesses and organisations need to have the appropriate policies and processes in place to handle all items that could be considered data sensitive. This can include everything from accounts and employment details to customer information and the minutes of meetings, whether on paper or held on local hard drives.
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Confidential Waste Services
Finding the best confidential waste service is nearly as important as having the right waste handling policy in place. This area of waste disposal has become a growth industry in recent times as businesses look for a service that not only reduces their work load but provides state of the art machinery that can handle their current needs of high quality disposal. There is now a variety of certification and registration for confidential waste services which means you can see more clearly the kind of provision they have and whether it is suitable for your business.
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