The UK Government is constantly adding new legislation or updating current legislation regarding the management of confidential information and waste management. The Data Protection Act is arguably legislation that effects all businesses.
Ensuring the confidential information of your company doesn't fall into the wrong hands is paramount to the continued success of your business.
Data Protection Act
Every business has a legal obligation to protect the confidential information it holds on its employees, customers and suppliers. Failure to do so can result in heavy fines or even imprisonment for the person responsible.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is now able to fine businesses up to £500,000 if they lose individuals' confidential data. This amount has been increased from £5000, to highlight the importance of data security, and to protect individuals from the threat of ID fraud.
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.
Using an accredited supplier that can destroy confidential material in a secure environment will give you peace of mind that your company and associates are protected against ID Fraud.
WEEE Directive (Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment)
The WEEE Directive (The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) places a legal duty on businesses to ensure that their redundant IT and electrical equipment is recycled. It has essentially been designed to ensure that the millions of tonnes of waste electronic equipment produced every year does not end up in landfill.
Using an approved supplier can ensure all information stored in computer equipment is completely destroyed. Allowing the equipment to be recycled.
Hazardous Waste Regulations
Hazardous waste is commonly defined as waste that contains substances or has properties that might make it harmful to human health or the wider environment. It does not necessarily mean that such waste is immediately ‘toxic’ but it could pose a threat now or in the future. By controlling hazardous waste we are helping to reduce these risks.
Understanding your obligations when deposing of hazardous waste can be a problem. Using a supplier that can help you meet your legal requirements will give you peace of mind that you are complianct.
The PCI Security Standards Council is an organisation founded by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa, Inc., to advise other organisations such as retailers how to manage customer data. The standard applies to all organisations that store, process or transmit cardholder data.
Different legisation effects different types of businesses, using a service supplier that understands the implications of the legislation relevant to your market gives you peace of mind, we have it covered.
Ensuring you have an effective procedure in place is the best way to protect your business. Using a secure data shredding company such as Datashred can give you piece of mind that you are fully compliant with all required legislation.