The Paper Shredding Finder
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Why Use a
Whether you are an individual or a business, shredding confidential documents is critical to protecting your private information. Organizations in all industries are facing strict laws to maintain the privacy of individuals. The FACTA law mandates that all businesses destroy any paper records that contain sensitive information. Other federal regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley protect privacy by controlling the way information is handled or audited.
Such documents typically include:
- Purchase Orders
- Employee Records
- Customer Lists
- Medical Records
Most businesses and many individuals outsource their shedding to certified professionals allowing them to prove compliance with state and federal laws that are in place to protect against identity theft. The most common documents that identity thieves look for include bank statements, ATM receipts, credit card bills, and pre-approved credit card applications. Any documents that include personal details such as names, addresses, social security numbers, and driver’s license details should be shredded.
True Costs of Owning a Shredder
Many businesses believe they can save money by purchasing a shredder, however, there are other costs associated with shredding if the documents aren’t disposed of properly. Many large companies have faced lawsuits due to negligence when it comes to document disposal. Employees are much more likely to throw away private documents than take the time to shred them. Furthermore, some industries require proper documentation for HIPAA and FACTA compliance which can only be achieved if the shredding is audited.
Security risks aside, many offices will still spend more money purchasing a shredder than hiring a shredding service. See the breakdown of costs below.