According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 16.6 million people in the U.S. aged 16 or higher were victims of one or more identity theft cases in 2012. The numbers are alarming because 16.6 million comprises 7% of the entire U.S. population. The highest misused information was from credit card use with the number of victims at about 7.6 million and the second highest were bank details having nearly 7.4 million victims. |
Sensitive information, whether that be in the form of paper or digital content, must be destroyed after you are done with its use. There are plenty of reasons why you should hire a document shredding company and implement a document shredding program.
For the protection of customers and employees
Every day customers provide businesses with information that they consider to be very confidential. You are required to safeguard that information simply because you are collecting it for business purposes. Your customers expect and assume that you will treat their information securely and will shred it after using it.
Similarly the employees of your company have a legal right to have their personal information like names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers protected by shredding them before they are discarded. Documents like Insurance records, employment applications, time cards, health records, accident reports and attendance records are some examples of information that must be protected legally.
For the law
The government has drafted laws both on how sensitive information must be stored and how it should be discarded. Your company must comply with the laws of the state which require that information must be protected when it is discarded. Several laws even require companies to shred personal information or face fines.
The National Association for Information Destruction, or NAID, is a not for profit organization that inspects and certifies a document shredding company. The job of NAID is to ensure that companies are following all government regulations and are keeping all shredding and destruction services secure.
The best way to deal with document shredding is to go with NAID certified local shredding companies. They’ll come to your office, collect the documents, and shred them on your office campus itself so you can monitor the entire process.
As mentioned previously, millions of people in the U.S. are victimized every year in identity theft cases. Hire a reputable local shredding company to ensure they are not one of your clients.
Farhan Musavi blogs on Major Journal.
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