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IT disposal is governed by the Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act 1998 requires all Businesses to securely destroy "Information Collected" before disposing of any Redundant IT Equipment! 

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Under the Data Protection Act 1998 Companies have a "Duty of Care" to ensure that no "Confidential Data" collected and held by them is released into the Public Domain, in an unauthorised or accidental manner. Organisations and Individuals alike are legally obligated under the 1998 Data Protection Act to provide this level of protection. Failure to do so can result in fines and criminal prosecutions.

New powers, designed to deter personal data security breaches came into force on April 6th 2010. Organisations can now be ordered by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to pay a penalty fine up to £500,000 for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act.

It is important to remember, that it is not sufficient to simply destroy your data, you also have to show evidence that your data was Securely Destroyed; using Approved Data Destruction Methods. In the event of a "Data Breach" and during the investigation that follows you will be required to show Traceability of all Data Assets, including documentation and Data Destruction Certification. 

Onsite Data provide a "Certificate of Data Destruction" for every Data Asset processed, certifying that your Data has been Securely Erased on your premises, whilst under your supervision, using approved methodology, guaranteeing that the data cannot be recovered using any existing technology.