In our last blog, we focused on how our document shredding service keeps you compliant with the requirements of GDPR. What happens should one of your data subjects exercise their ‘right to be forgotten’? You’ll need to show you’ve deleted their data from your paper and digital records. So we thought we’d highlight how the secure disposal of IT equipment can also help.

Destroying personal data through IT equipment disposal

Keeping data secure once IT equipment reaches the end of its life, or becomes obsolete, can be a real worry. Indeed, most organisations have large quantities of highly sensitive data stored on old equipment. And with the move away from PCs towards laptops, tablets and smartphones, there are ever more devices. This leads to old and unwanted IT equipment being ‘stockpiled’ in many organisations.

Such stockpiling jeopardises data protection policies, as well as taking up valuable office space. It’s even more important to show you are keeping data safe, with enhanced individual rights to privacy under GDPR. And you also need to show you’ve disposed of data if asked to do so (the ‘right to be forgotten’). Failure to meet such requests, and breaches of data security, can both lead to substantial fines and reputational damage. If you don’t know what data is stored on old IT equipment, how can you meet these requirements?

Fortunately, CAS has the answer. Our IT equipment disposal and secure data destruction services provide an efficient and cost-effective solution. We can get rid of everything from computer hard drives and magnetic tapes through to PDAs and external storage devices. And we always operate in compliance with GDPR so that we can guarantee data protection.

Meeting regulations, protecting the environment

There are also environmental regulations that need meeting, in addition to data protection regulations. All organisations must meet the terms of the European Community’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE). This includes all IT and telecommunications equipment, as it covers most products that have a plug or need a battery. Most responsibility for disposing of such material lies with manufacturers and distributors. However, it’s vital that you consider how to handle IT disposal and data destruction securely. And as we’re entirely in compliance with WEEE, CAS can help here too.

The CAS Secure IT equipment disposal service in detail

CAS covers every step of our clients’ secure IT equipment disposal. We arrange to pick up all your IT equipment from your location. We itemise equipment and provide an asset list and a waste transfer note for everything we remove. Our team will take hard drives, USB sticks and magnetic media including tapes; optical media (CDs/DVDs, Blu-ray); credit and identity cards; and mobile phones and PDAs. We use the latest technology to shred items into tiny particles that make data recovery impossible, We then supply a certificate of secure data destruction.

Above all, our secure IT equipment disposal service is simple. We charge by the kilogram, making life easy where there is a mix of different obsolete, or unwanted, IT equipment. But not only is our service uncomplicated, it’s also well-regarded. CAS has industry-leading accreditation, including ISO 27001 (Information technology, Security techniques and Information security management). And we have over 20 years’ experience of disposing of clients’ documents and data securely. So you can rest assured that all your data will be in safe hands with CAS.

To find out more about secure IT equipment disposal, contact one of the team today.

About CAS IT equipment disposal

CAS provides a comprehensive and secure IT equipment disposal, document digitisation, information storage and facilities management services. For more than 20 years CAS have worked with NHS Trusts, Financial Services providers, and corporate and private clients. Our head office is just four miles from the City of London. Supported by our advanced storage centres across the UK. CAS has an impressive array of International certifications (ISOs). These prove our compliance with the strictest national, European and international laws. They also demonstrate our commitment to provide innovative systems on security, confidentiality and quality control. And they guarantee that we keep your files safe and well managed.