As with any sector, protecting customer data and complete confidentiality are essential. Many large companies process a huge volume of data over a period of time, increasing the amount stored in-house and filed. This also means that a large amount of paper containing confidential legal information can accumulate as data is no longer relevant, and the records are no longer required.
What’s the risk?
The danger with storing so much confidential information is that it increases the risk of security breaches, as well as a growing lack of storage space. In addition to this, businesses must comply with UK data protection legislation which states that information that is no longer required must be securely disposed of once it reaches the end of its retention period. Failure to comply can result in severe consequences such as financial penalties, client compensation and legal action and long-term reputation and business damage through destroyed trust and lack of customer protection measures.
Requirements for the legal sector
The legal sector processes more confidential data than many other industries. Not only is customer data required, but details of legal cases and large amounts of personal information. Much of this data is highly sensitive; therefore it is essential to put measures in place to prevent unauthorised access to these records.
Legal document shredding policies
A document shredding policy should be central to maintaining the confidentiality of your business in the legal sector. It will make it easier to comply with UK legislation, keep your clients’ information safe and reduce the risk of information breaches. Enlisting the help of mobile shredding experts like Shred-on-Site means that you are guaranteed a completely secure shredding service that will save you time and shred all of your documents at your convenience.
Mobile shredding services
For companies within the legal sector that have a large turnover of printed confidential customer data, Shred-on-Site offers regular collections that are both fully EN 15713:2009 compliant and accredited. We can make regular collections at your chosen time, with our trained team carrying out the shredding process before leaving the site. We know that security is essential for the legal sector, so we issue a Certificate of Destruction to guarantee that we carry out the whole process at maximum security.
If you’re a legal company and require secure shredding services, get in touch today on 0800 181 4106 or get a quote here.
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