Things You Should Know about Data Destruction
Every digital device has a lifespan. But how do you make sure the data stored on your old hard drives and tapes is unrecoverable? Here are four things to know about data destruction: Erased Devices Still Contain Data There’s more to protecting your data than erasing a hard drive or tape. Even after deleting files on your devices, a trail of data is left behind. A study by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) found that 40 percent of used electronic devices sold on the secondhand market contained personally identifiable information (PII). Physical destruction is the only way to ensure data on tapes and drives cannot be recovered. Data Destruction is the Law Several laws, including the following federal regulations, mandate the destruction of financial, medical and consumer information: • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) • The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Failure to comply with these laws can result in hefty fines. Consult with an attorney or data protection provider to learn which privacy regulations apply to your business. Data Destruction Helps the Environment Keeping your electronic waste out of landfills is just as important as preventing your data from falling into the wrong hands. A hard drive and media shredding service offers an environmentally-sustainable data destruction solution. Give us a call at 323-727-7277 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about data destruction and how we can keep your data safe.