28/05/14

Data Destruction & Equipment Disposal – Stay Safe & Legal

With many of our customers upgrading their IT systems to Windows 7 or 8, it seemed now was a good time to remind you how to destroy your old data and dispose of your redundant IT equipment safely and legally.

Shredding hard drives

Think of your company data as if it were the Crown Jewels. If company data on an old hard drive falls into the wrong hands, the results could be catastrophic for your business. Shredding is the most effective way to destroy a hard drive and the data on it. And yes – the hard drive really is shredded – into metal filings so it and your confidential data cannot be recovered.

Your legal obligations

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act, you have a legal duty to protect confidential information about your customers, employees and suppliers; be it in electronic or paper format. If you fail to do so and dispose of the data negligently, you may be hit with a hefty fine or even imprisonment. The Act also requires you to employ a data destruction service to destroy redundant confidential information on your behalf.

Redundant computer monitors

Many monitors contain materials that are considered hazardous waste. The WEEE (Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment) Directive and the Hazardous Waste Regulations require you to get rid of them by using a certified provider who will safely dispose of the kit. You can find out more on the Information Commissioners Office website.

How we can help

Network Support Solutions will take your PC and monitors off your hands, dispose of them properly and shred your hard drives. We will supply a Certificate of Destruction to confirm they have been safely and legally destroyed. You will then have peace of mind knowing you have met your legal obligations, and you will be delighted that you have so much more workspace after the clear-out.

If you’d like more information, or a quote to dispose of your unwanted equipment, do call us on 01952 68403001952 684030 or email katy@networksupportsolutions.co.uk.