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Confidential Waste Disposal: Why You Need to Get it Right

Sensitive information that becomes accessible by the wrong people can lead to serious consequences

What is Confidential Waste?

Confidential waste is a broad term that refers to any documents that could lead to financial loss, identity theft, or reputational damage if it was procured by a third party. This includes several different document types ranging from financial documents to personal information, and business documents. 

 

Sensitive information that becomes accessible by the wrong people can lead to a range of issues, many of which can have serious consequences.

Ways to Dispose of Your Confidential Waste

Given the possible serious consequences of not properly disposing of your confidential waste, you'll be glad to know that several methods exist for disposing of confidential waste in the right way.

Shredding

One of the most popular ways to dispose of confidential commercial waste is, understandably, shredding. Shredding involves shredding any sensitive material so that it becomes almost impossible to reconstruct. The method is popular thanks to its ease and efficiency; paper shredders are relatively inexpensive for businesses and the job they do is irreversible. 

 

Shredding can be done in-house by you or your staff and the resulting waste can be easily disposed of. If, however, you process a lot of sensitive information and find yourself spending a significant time shredding paper, there are companies that offer secure paper shredding services. 

Disposing of Digital Information

Of course, in the modern world, your business will undoubtedly store sensitive information on more than just paper. Your computers, servers, and hard drives will all have information on them that, when the time comes, will need to be deleted properly. In these circumstances, a paper shredder won't do the trick.

 

In the case of electronic information, simply clicking 'delete' doesn't always necessarily completely erase the data you want. This is why taking your electronic equipment to a professional company that knows what it's doing. Many waste disposal companies offer such services, and using them is a good way of ensuring maximum certainty.

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Why Disposing of Confidential Waste is Important

Destroying confidential waste significantly reduces the risk of identity theft and fraud, where criminals use stolen personal information to open accounts, obtain credit, or make purchases under false names. 

 

Also, from a business standpoint, your business is entrusted with customer information, and it has a responsibility to protect it. Proper confidential waste disposal demonstrates a commitment to data security and responsible data management, which can work to strengthen customer confidence in your business's ability to safeguard its information.

 

As well as this, it also ensures that you comply with the law. Under GDPR, not taking the correct precautions when destroying data is illegal, so proper methods of destroying data aren't just preferable, but compulsory. Read more on your legal obligations below.

Your Legal Obligations

There are numerous laws in place to ensure that businesses are responsible for the data they keep. Such laws protect the private information your business possesses and ensure it is not reckless with the data it keeps. 

 

GDPR rules stipulate that each individual has the right to erasure, which means that they can ask you to delete any data you hold on them at any time. The data you delete must be destroyed, whether physical or electronic. 

 

You must follow these laws as you are responsible for protecting people's personal information and if you breach GDPR, your business can be fined 4% of its annual turnover. This is why getting it right the first time is so important. If your business is still yet to implement a solid waste disposal plan, we can help you find the right disposal firm for you.

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Confidential waste is a broad term and includes a wide range of document types. This includes several different document types ranging from financial documents to personal information, and business documents. 

GDPR rules stipulate that each individual has the right to erasure, which means that they can ask you to delete any data you hold on them at any time. The data you delete must be destroyed, whether physical or electronic. 

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