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Turtle Wings/Data Killers is always on the lookout for news and information pertinent to the electronics recycling and data destruction industries to share with our many readers. We recently spotted an article on the DigitalJournal.com about recycled computers giving away personal information. The article published on February 19, 2014 stated, “A study commissioned in Australia by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), a non-profit, data protection watchdog agency, has found significant amounts of personal information left on recycled computers. For the organizations recycling their drives, this is a data breach problem. For individuals, their most private information is at risk.”
Although this information may be alarming, Turtle Wings/Data Killers has a proven track record of fully secure electronics recycling and data destruction services. As a certified company approaching ten successful years of service, we have never had a data breach and we do NOT re-sell hard drives – ever! In order to completely destroy data on hard drives and media, Data Killers provides certified shredding and physical destruction to ensure that the data is unrecoverable.
“The NAID-ANZ Secondhand Hard Drive Study, completed in January 2014 and published February 19, 2014, showed that 15 of 52 hard drives randomly purchased, approximately 30 percent, contained highly confidential personal information. While seven of the 15 devices were recycled by individuals, eight were recycled by law firms, a government medical facility, and a community center. These study results come just before the new Privacy Act reforms will be effective March 12th, requiring organizations to safeguard people’s personal information. Also, where personal information was found, there were indications that someone had attempted to remove the information but failed to effectively do so.”
The only sure way to destroy data is by trusting it to Data Killers, as our data destruction services are secure, certified and compliant with all regulations which helps companies avoid paying costly fines. Our hard drive shredding is absolutely guaranteed, as we physically destroy the hard drive utilizing NSA approved degaussers and/or patent protected shredders.
Turtle Wings / Data Killers is an R2 certified e-waste recycler who provides on-site hard drive shredding nationwide. Our processes are in full compliance with all NIST, DoD, HIPAA, SoX, GLB and PCI standards for data destruction. We are routinely cleared for destruction of classified materials and have a host of references including Fortune 500 companies, government and military customers, and colleges and universities.