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Answers to Your Data Destruction Questions

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Question mark - Questions whose answers are considered basic in information gathering or problem solving, word cloud backgroundPrivacy breach risks are a reality for every business. Do you have a cradle-to-grave solution for your data? In this blog, we answer your data destruction questions.

Q: What data should I destroy?

A: Destroy all expired data. Your information retention policy should contain final disposition dates to use as a guideline. If you are unsure of your retention obligations, consult with your attorney.

Q: What if I forget to destroy expired data?

A: Your business may face fines or legal action. HIPAA, FACTA, GLBA and several other privacy laws mandate that businesses destroy expired personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI). Failing to adhere to the disposition statues of these laws can cause non-compliance penalties.

Q: Does erasure of hard drive files count as data destruction?

A: Erasing or reformatting hard drives does not guarantee protection of your data. Criminals can extract sensitive data from erased hard drives. Physical destruction of unwanted hard drives is the most reliable method for keeping data out of a criminal’s hands.

Q: What else should I destroy besides hard drives?

A: Destroy any unwanted digital devices that store confidential personal, financial, and medical data, such as:

  • Computer Towers
  • Backup Tapes
  • CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays
  • USB Drives

Q: How should I destroy my data?

A: Partner with a reputable e-Destruction company. Your provider’s state-of-the-art mobile shredding truck comes right to your place of business. A certified, security-screened technician takes your old equipment and destroys it on-site while you watch. Then, after completing your data destruction project, they give you a Certificate of Destruction for your records.

Q: Is shredded e-Waste recycled?

A: Yes. After shredding your devices into tiny pieces, your e-Destruction partner recycles the shredded material in an eco-friendly manner.

Data destruction is an important part of an effective identity theft and business prevention plan.

If you have a data destruction question we haven’t answered here, please call us at 610-692-TEAR (8327) or complete the form on this page. We love hearing from you!

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