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In today’s world, businesses use computers and IT as a primary source for storing company data. It is crucial that you ensure you are passing your sensitive data over to a reputable company to handle your disposal and data destruction.
Failure to comply to this could put your company at risk of breaching the Data Protection Act 1998, leading to severe financial, legal and reputational consequences. Now that the UK government has confirmed the decision to leave the EU. the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will replace the UK’s Data Protection Act.
Before passing over your decommissioned IT equipment you should assess which assets contain sensitive data and make it clear to your WEEE management company to handle these securely. A reputable company will handle all of your equipment securely and items that may contain or have the possibilities of containing data will be separated for a sensitive data erasure process.
Disposal vs Recycle
The recycling of WEEE is a vital part of the waste and recycling industry. As per the WEEE Directive in the UK, regulations are continuously updating preventing harmful impacts on the environment. With this comes the associated requirements for the recovery, reuse, recycling and treatment of WEEE.
All items that contain recyclable components should be recycled and non-recyclable assets should be disposed of as per the Environmental Agencies standards and regulations.
Many of your decommissioned IT assets contain hazardous substances that need to be handled and treated differently. Be aware that your disposal management company will have additional costs involved in the treatment of hazardous items.
Hazardous Items include:
- Screens / Monitors
- Toners / Cartridges
- Mobile Phones
- Lightbulbs and Lamps
With New Year in full swing, UK companies, particularly those in London, have begun ramping up their data protection policies in the wake of new data protection laws. The data protection act (DPA) is the current framework for policies surrounding the protection of private data. In may this year, all that is about to change with the introduction of (GDPR) General Data protection Regulations, the current EU framework which has larger scope and punishments for those who fail to adhere to its principles. Thanks in part to brexit, GDPR is likely to become British law too, and is set to affect thousands of companies and SME’s who not only collect personal details, but transfer, store or access them as well.
Personal data has become big news in recent years. Several global companies have been compromised and large collections of data have been leaked onto the web, accessible to thousands of would be criminals. Whilst those businesses suffered from large fines, it became apparent that many of their processes for storing and collecting data, flaunted basic regulation and used unsafe practices.
Among the new changes affecting SME’s is record keeping. Companies must now keep more complex records of the entire user data process including how and when an individual gives consent to store their personal data. Electrowaste, part of the Electrogroup has seen first hand some of these new changes in place. Increased measurement in how data is affected has become a new challenge in the pipeline, but ultimately it gives the client extra peace of mind that everyone who comes into contact with private information, has done their part to ensure maximum privacy.
Mark Bonito, Partner of the Electrogroup believes that Electrowaste’s updated policies will help both current and newly formed clients adapt to the regulations. ” For the last year our company has grown steadily. We’ve faced many new challenges but we knew beforehand that GDPR was a big issue for companies who look for data security solutions. We looked at how we could improve record management for companies who use our services and give them better assurance to the methods or ways that we destroy personal data. It makes their job easier down the line and it’s been a great success with our clients so far.”
The General Data Protection Regulations come in force in May 2018. For more information of how we can help your business, contact us on 0330 122 1569.