It’s incredible how much valuable and sensitive data we are throwing away that should’ve been destroyed. Most documents are holding some sort of confidential information that could pose a security threat if it fell into the wrong hands. Despite this, most organisations are very laissé faire when it comes to their paper shredding policies. To combat this attitude I’ve compiled a list of some documents that you should be shredding and why.
Every organisation, no matter how small its administration, creates confidential information in hard copy and the only really safe way to dispose of that is to shred it on-site. If you’re administering any type of business and you're not sure if you need a paper shredding service, don’t take our word for it – take a look for yourself! Have a rummage through your general waste or recycling bins at the end of a busy working day. We absolutely guarantee that you’ll find sensitive material in there that should have been shredded.
The Data Protection Act was set up to do exactly as it says on the tin - protect consumers’ data. This means that there are some things that your business must do to ensure you’re compliant with the recommendations. The Act says that your company must create and store its data in a secure environment and that all data must be disposed of in a secure manner. In the case of paper, shredding is the best method to dispose of your paper waste. For branded documentation and IT equipment, a more permanent destruction method is required to shred the hard disk or branded item to avoid fraud.