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Why Tossing Your Hard Drives Isn’t a Good Option

In 1988 there was a court case California vs. Greenwood.  The Supreme Court found that items thrown out as trash are considered public property.  Perhaps, thieves go dumpster diving. In that case, your trash can legally become their treasure. 

The Florida Supreme Court ruled even further.  It states that when a business caters to the public, its business is public property.  That said, dumpster diving is illegal in Florida if it is associated with trespassing, vandalism, or other crimes. 

That means you have to post suitable trespass warnings to stop it.  Still, dumpster diving thieves may not follow the rules when they opt to steal your trash.  Then, they use it for the purposes of further illegal activities. This includes a data breach or identity theft. 

In other words, it’s not a good idea to toss your hard drives in the trash. These days, it’s not safe to throw it in the recycle bin either.  Here are a few reasons why it’s wise to partner with a Florida mobile shredding company.  Select one that offers hard drive destruction services. 

Erasing Isn’t Enough

Maybe, you think that deleting files off your hard drives is an acceptable means of destroying confidential data.  However, this method isn’t foolproof.  Truthfully, savvy hackers can find ways to recover data.

In some cases, that includes data after you’ve wiped the disc.  There is a great way to completely destroy data.  It’s to shred a hard drive.  In doing so, no remaining mechanism by which to access data is still available. 

Recycling Isn’t Secure

What happens when hard drives are recycled?  Essentially, they’re torn apart.  By doing so, any parts that retain value (such as aluminum) are recovered.  Then, the rest is destroyed. 

Unfortunately, recycling operations are not intended to provide security.  This, in turn, means it’s easy for thieves to steal hard drives and the data they contain.  They do it either from your dumpster or from the recycling center itself. 

You Must Comply with Consumer Privacy Laws

Obviously, shredding hard drives instead of tossing them protects the sensitive data.  In reality, this isn’t only for the benefit of your company and your customers. Additionally, and most importantly, it’s the law. 

In reality, consumer privacy laws are designed to protect personal information.  This is data your customers entrust you with.  It includes identifying and contact information, bank account numbers, or medical data. 

As a business, you are beholden to applicable federal, state, and local privacy laws.  Plus, you may have to observe industry standards.  These include HIPAA (medical), FACTA (financial), and others. 

Typically, there are only two acceptable means of information destruction: shredding or wiping.  You must follow the law.  Otherwise, you’ll incur penalties and other consequences for failure to protect consumer privacy.

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