Destroy Hard Drives?
It's the Law
Organizations must comply with laws and regulations requiring the protection
of sensitive data, especially when it is discarded. Otherwise, you're exposing yourself to fines and lawsuits.
HIPAA and FACTA are Federal laws requiring certain organizations take all necessary steps to
destroy information before it is discarded. Compliance is mandatory, or risk severe financial penalties.
Your Customers Demand It
No matter what kind of
business you're in, customers share information with you -- and they'll expect you to keep any sensitive information
In fact, if your customers believe you're not taking seriously
your duty to safeguard their information, including when it's time to discard your business computers and hard drives,
then you'll lose those customers.
Past and present employees have a legal right to have their sensitive information destroyed
before it's discarded.
Copies of information about a person's employment:
job application, drug tests, expense reports, insurance forms, are examples of information that could be sitting on a computer
hard drive and must be destroyed before recycling that computer.