|It is not only the homeless that do “dumpster diving”. The courts have ruled in many cases that trade secrets are not protected if they are thrown away in the trash. In order to prevent corporate espionage or identity theft, it is important that any records with private information be destroyed and be destroyed properly.ShredEx shreds documents by using a cross shredder which creates a “confetti-like” material, not the strips of paper that come out of a typical office shredder.|
Your customers provide you with confidential information. They expect you to keep this information confidential and not let it get “into the wrong hands”. With identity theft on the rise, they have the right to expect that when you no longer need this information, it will be destroyed using the right paper shredding and document destruction methods so that no one can use it.
Because of sensitive information, new laws have been passed to require destruction of this information before disposal. Laws such as HIPAA (healthcare) and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (financial) require specific physical safeguards such as shredding to meet compliance.
You have a legal responsibility to protect your employees’ personal information. Weather it is employment applications, health records, attendance records, time cards or accident reports, you are legally required to use adequate means for paper shredding and document destruction of these records before disposing of them.
Rights to Trade Information
Courts will not recognize the trade information protection if a company doesn’t protect the information themselves. The US Supreme Court has ruled that you forfeit the right of ownership to discarded information. This means, if you don’t destroy it, anyone can use it.
Reasons to use an Information Destruction Contractor
- Increase employee productivity. Your employees will be able to do the job they are hired for, not taking time out to destroy sensitive information.
- Employees that are not used to destroy information should not be exposed to certain sensitive information. (payroll information, legal issues and personal correspondence)
- Office shredders can’t handle large volumes, can’t take staples or clips, can’t destroy film and computer discs, can cause injury if they grab clothing or accessories and are usually not used consistently by employees which can create a liability to your company. You will reduce your liability and capital expenditures by destroying the sensitive information using Professional paper Shredding services.