If you have documents that you no longer need lying about your office, then you could be in breach of the Data Protection Act and could even be under threat of a whopping £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office. Adhering to the rules and regulations that come with safely destroying confidential documents under the Data Protection Act, including only keeping sensitive data for as long as your business has too and disposing of them properly, can help you avoid these headaches.
Here’s 5 reasons why you should shred these documents:
1. It’s the law
Under the Data Protection Act it states that you should only hold confidential documents as long as you need them.
2. Prevent identity theft
Don’t risk your documents falling into the hands of criminals and fraudsters.
3. Protect your clients
Keep their personal details safe and secure – refer to your retention plan to see how long you need to keep their data when they are no longer clients of yours.
4. Protect your employees
Keeping the personal details of your past and present employees safe is imperative, not only to protect them from fraud, but to keep your business safely within the guidelines of the Data Protection Act.
5. Save office space
Wouldn’t a larger desk look better than having that grey filing cabinet of unused documents in your office? It would mean you could be more productive too.
The destruction of documents is something we’re great at – not only do we ensure the destruction of your documents in our secure warehouse, we recycle them and ensure our services are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Getting the job done properly and professionally will make sure that your confidential documents don’t go missing and ensure you adhere to the regulations.