It is likely that your business, like many, produces a number of private documents on a regular basis. This can include anything from personal customer details to bank details, as well as pay-slips and in-house transactions. How you deal with these is important, as it is vital to make sure that your business is compliant with UK legislation about data protection. Without doing this, your business could face serious legal implications.
Compliance protects your business
If you don’t dispose of your confidential documents securely and responsibly, then you can be met with all kinds of issues if your data is accessed by unauthorised members of the public. Not only do you face the risk of data being used maliciously, but also the legal effects of this. You risk huge fines as well as needing to compensate those whose data was compromised. This can cost your company thousands of pounds and have ongoing effects on your business.
Losing company credibility
When you fail to comply with data protection legislation, not only do you have the legal implications and financial ramifications but also severe damage can be caused to your brand name. If it is made public that you have had a data breach, especially due to lack of diligence on your behalf, then customers will look elsewhere for their products and services and lose trust in your company. This will have a knock-on effect on your future business and sales.
Making compliance easy
The consequences are significant should your business fail to comply with data protection laws, however compliance doesn’t need to be difficult. Something as simple as shredding all of your secure documents before disposing of them will solve the problem of confidential data being accessed by anyone outside of the company.
Flexible shredding options to ensure data protection
Shredding all of your documents manually can be a long and arduous process, and a waste of company time. Shred-on-Site provides flexible shredding services to businesses so that they can continue with their day-to-day jobs without disruption and with peace of mind that their shredding is taken care of. They offer regular secure collections, or one-off collections to suit your requirements. They provide you with storage options and a certificate of destruction at the site… and they even take it away to recycle it on your behalf!
To find out more about a shredding service to help your business remain compliant with UK legislation, get in touch with Shred-on-Site today by calling to speak to one of the team 0800 181 4106.
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