Data Protection - Why Shred?
It’s a crazy world we live in!
We live in a world where phrases such as “Identity theft”, “Industrial espionage” and “Data breaches” are now common, every day parlance. Apropos with these malfeasant concepts, companies and individuals handle both their own and other people’s data on a daily basis and a large proportion of this data is still recorded in document form. Despite predictions decades ago that we would eventually become a paperless office, global paper use and consumption continues to increase in real terms annually and in waste paper terms, we as a country generate about 8 million tons a year. It takes only one sheet of your confidential waste from this 8 million tons to fall into the wrong hands or become incorrectly disclosed or be part of a “Data Breach”, for you or your business to be on the end of statutory fines, bad publicity, reputational damage and lost customers. At Highlander Security Shredding, we look to remove the stress of confidential waste paper disposal from you, by offering a service that is secure, professional, diligent, fully accredited and competitively priced and our shredding process is "More destructive than a Great White!" We will NOT be beaten on price or service and we will make sure that your documents never, EVER come back to bite you!
Data Protection act – does it affect you?
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people (Click here for more information). It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK and in essence, controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.
Everyone responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. They must make sure the information is:
- kept safe and secure
- used fairly and lawfully
- used for limited, specifically stated purposes
- kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
- handled according to people’s data protection rights
- used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- not transferred outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection
While there is no law per se that states that confidential waste paper must be shredded, it is generally accepted that security shredding is the safest, securest and most environmentally friendly method of disposing of your confidential documents per the requirements of the DPA, which covers the stipulation of keeping your data “Safe and secure”.
Confidential waste not covered by the Data Protection Act?
As well as a statutory “Duty or care” concerning the handling of personal data covered by the act, organisations naturally require assurance that other confidential materials not necessarily covered by the DPA is also responsibly disposed off. Documents such as meeting minutes, strategy papers, pricing schedules, customer contracts et al. falling into the wrong hands could prove calamitous to your business. Why take a chance with any business generated papers, when our shredding rates start from as low as £1 per bag? We recommend that ALL waste papers generated within your offices be collected and shredded using Highlander Security Shredding services – that way, your documents will not come back to bite you!
Why shred? A brief history (that has never been shredded thankfully!)
Security shredding is not a new concept, but one that has stood the test of time! The first paper shredder is credited to prolific inventor Abbot Augustus Low from New York - his patent for a "waste paper receptacle" to offer an improved method of disposing of waste paper was filed on February 2, 1909, and received the U.S. patent number 929-960 on August 3, 1909. Low’s invention was however, never manufactured. Adolf Ehinger's paper shredder, based on a hand-crank pasta maker, was manufactured in 1935 in Germany. Ehinger later marketed his shredders to government agencies and financial institutions converting from hand-crank to electric motor. Ehinger's company, EBA Maschinenfabrik, manufactured the first cross-cut paper shredders in 1959 and continues to do so to this day as EBA Krug & Priester GmbH & Co. in Balingen
The U.S. embassy in Iran used strip-cut paper shredders to reduce paper pages to strips before the embassy was taken over in 1979. After Colonel Oliver North told Congress that he used a Schleicher Intimus 007 S cross-cut model to shred Iran-Contra documents, sales for that company increased nearly 20 percent in 1987!
The US Federal Trade Commission estimates that 9 million cases of identity theft take place per year in the USA alone and recommends that individuals or companies defend themselves against identity theft by shredding financial documents before disposal.
Given the longevity of security shredding and its popularity today for discharging your legal duties pertaining to the Data Protection Act, Highlander Security Shredding are an independent, professional and safe option for your company's confidential papers and documents! As well as looking after your legal responsibilities, Highlander's service compared to an in-house system is safer, tidier, more efficient and more cost effective and remember, our shredding process is "More destructive than a Great White!"
Other useful links:
https://ico.org.uk/ - Information Commissioner's Office
http://www.ukssa.org.uk/ - United Kingdom Shredding Association