Data Protection Legislation

The legislation surrounding the management and disposal of confidential information is ever-changing. Outsourcing your secure shredding services is often the best option if you’re unsure how legislation affects the management and confidentiality of information.

Tips to keep your business or organisation protected


The data security tips below should provide you with some help on how best to protect your organisation's data and information. This in turn should help protect your business reputation, and prevent you from being susceptible to a fine from the Information Commissioner's Office.

What is confidential waste?

Confidential Waste is a term used to describe files, documents and paperwork that is no longer useful to a business but contains information about customers, clients, suppliers or your own staff that could be exploited and misused if not disposed of correctly. For more information read our guide to what you should shred.

What are the Dangers of Incorrectly Disposing of Confidential Waste

If files or documents are not securely destroyed and shredded this leaves the data and information contained in them to be used for identity theft, fraud and possibly even blackmail. Read our security tips to help ensure you keep your customer and your reputation safe.

What is the Data Protection Act?

Simply put the Data Protection Act 1998 is a set of rules for Business (data users) in regards to how they store, use and dispose of information (name, contact details, address etc.) of living people (data providers). Examples include; if data is collected for one reason, it cannot be used for another and data cannot be kept for any longer than when it is in use.

What happens if a business is non compliant with the Data Protection Act?

Non-compliance can be serious to businesses. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can fine business up to £500,000, and stricter punishments are possible. If you think this isn't something that is enforced, take a look at these examples which show that the ICO does take this very seriously.

How can I stay compliant with the Data Protection Act?

The best way to guarantee this is by using an experienced, trusted service provider like Restore Datashred. In fact the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act states that organisations must employ a data destruction service to destroy redundant confidential information that can be either in paper or electronic format.

What is the WEEE Directive (Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment)?

The WEEE Directive is a legal duty placed on businesses stating that redundant IT and electrical equipment is recycled, therefore not ending up in landfill.

How can the WEEE Directive safeguard your business?

Cyber criminals can still access data even when it has been “deleted” or recycled. Using an approved supplier will ensure all information stored in computer equipment is completely destroyed so that data cannot be physically recovered.

What is the PCI-DSS?

The PCI Security Standards Council is an organisation founded by a group of large financial businesses, providing a standard, aimed at advising other organisations on how to manage customer data. The standard applies to all organisations that store, process or transmit cardholder data.

How can I ensure my business is always compliant with legislation?

The answer is straightforward- use a trusted supplier. As efficient, experienced suppliers Restore Datashred can give you peace of mind that you are fully compliant with all required legislation.

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