Personal identity theft has reached epic proportions. Around a third of people have already experienced some form of identity theft. The type of data that tends to be targeted is personal data or sensitive information – often precisely the type of data that patients hand over in the medical industry. An on-site shredding policy is one of the easiest ways to help the medical industry to protect the confidentiality of its patients.
If there are two themes that have begun to dominate business discussions in recent times it’s data security and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In the light of recent high profile cases where data has been leaked or compromised, most businesses are now hyper aware of the increasing importance that individuals place on the way that their data is handled. The same is true of CSR, which today has an important role to play in the decisions that consumers make when choosing between brands.
We are entering an era of socially responsible business that requires much more investment in ethical values and environmental considerations. Customer trust has been shaken in recent years by scandals that have revealed that some of the most “trusted” brands are actually failing their customers in terms of keeping their promises. So, it’s more important than ever before for businesses to be able to shore up consumer trust – and paper shredding is one very easy way to do it.
Despite the move towards using computers and technology at work on a daily basis, on average, any individual that has a desk-based job uses around 10,000 sheets of paper per annum. This can cover anything from printed reports or employee performance reviews, but the majority of it ends up being discarded ready for recycling, or simply thrown in the bin after use, however this poses serious security concerns under the new GDPR which comes into action in May 2018.
Shredding has become a crucial part of infrastructure for every business today. From helping to ensure that data protection requirements are being met, to enabling a more sustainable business by embracing recycling, there are many ways in which shredding has been employed to help businesses do better. When it comes to business shredding there is usually a simple choice: on-site or off-site. So, which one of these is likely to be right for you?
On-site shredding is becoming increasingly popular with businesses looking for efficiency improvements and better brand image. There are 5 tell-tale signs that a shift to this service could be beneficial to your business in 2018.
For companies looking to shred and recycle their waste paper and no-longer-needed documents, there is a range of shredding options. The two categories that these fall under are on-site and off-site shredding, but which is the best option for your company?
An introduction to on-site shredding
On-site shredding does what it says on the tin – specialised shredding vans come right to your premises and carry out the shredding process on-site. When compared to the alternative of off-site shredding there are a number of potential alternatives for your business:
On-site shredding has quickly become an obvious choice for removing your confidential waste and data. Companies need to be concerned with the protection of sensitive financial documents and client lists, but also there are legal considerations that take priority as well. Privacy laws including HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FACTA (the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act) hold businesses responsible for protecting customer/consumer information. There are two types of shredding services – on-site and off-site.
Many people always ask me why they should shred their paper waste on-site in preference to having a company taking it away to dispose of it off-site. The answer is quite simple. The main reason for shredding on-site is for the security of your confidential documents.