Municipalities, government agencies, and schools all use databases that contain personally identifiable information about the public. This is the nature of living in a digital world, and it doesn’t seem to be leveling out. In fact, more and more processes and information systems are being installed daily. This means the challenge of keeping public data private is a growing concern.
Identity theft is a major problem in the digital age. Identity theft is any kind of deception, scam, or crime that results in the loss of personal data, including the loss of usernames, passwords, banking information, credit card numbers, social security numbers, and health ID’S, that is used without permission to commit fraud and other crimes. Up to 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year!
In addition to phishing, scams, and online activities, identity theft can happen when hard drives are not properly disposed of. Hard drives can be reformatted and have their indexes wiped, and while this removes information from the user’s view, it does not mean that all information has been completely removed. Someone who knows computers can recover the hard drive remnants in no time. A person who gets ahold of a hospitals hard drive can have thousands of patients’ information at their disposal.
HIPAA, DEC and DOD requirements beg for complete data destruction to combat identity theft. Beyond that, it’s important to have explicit records of the data destruction. At ProTek, we feature fully documented data destruction and electronics recycling. We provide two levels of secure data destruction in the form of software destruction and physical destruction of the hard drive through magnetic degaussing or physical shredding.
When you work with ProTek Recycling, you can be assured it will be ProTek Recycling’s employees that personally come to your office and bring your equipment directly back to our warehouse to be destroyed. We do not use subcontractors or third parties to pick up or transfer the equipment on ProTek’s behalf. You’ll also receive a certificate of destruction verifying the complete deletion and destruction of data from your drives. This way, if you ever find your organization in a position to prove how data and equipment was destroyed/recycled, you’ll have a clear paper trail.
Computers, tablets, and servers eventually need to be replaced because of mechanical errors or obsolescence. Just like consumers are lawfully required to dispose of electronics in the right/legal manner, municipalities and schools (public and private) need to be fully confident that private information is destroyed, and equipment is effectively recycled.
As with all our clients, we work with each municipality, school, or building management company to develop a custom solution for either their resident’s or tenants needs. Scheduled monthly pickups, palletized cartons for clean and efficient storage, as well as regular collection events are just some of the ways we manage the flow of electronics through buildings, transfer stations, and drop-off points.
At ProTek, not only do we recycle computers and electronics in the most efficient and environmentally friendly manner, but we offer unrecoverable data destruction so that you and your organization can rest-assured that personal data is destroyed.
Protek is strongly committed to protecting the data of our clients. We will never view, copy, or otherwise access any data on hard drives that we receive, and we will protect any and all data containing devices from third-party access. We also provide in-house services that will completely and irrevocably destroy your data. Please view our data destruction page for a full outline of what we can do.