The trash is considered by business espionage professionals as the single most available source of competitive and private information from the average business! That’s why more businesses are recognizing their exposure, and need for compliance with State and Federal Privacy Laws.
Massachusetts Attorney General is very serious about protecting residents and businesses from identity theft. It doesn’t matter if the information was used in a crime or the age of the documents, the mere fact that documents were disposed of in an improper manner will find that company or individual answering to the Attorney General’s office and in wrong side of the law.
This regulation implements the provisions of M.G.L. c. 93H relative to the standards to be met by persons who own or license personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This regulation establishes minimum standards to be met in connection with the safeguarding of personal information contained in both paper and electronic records. The objectives of this regulation are to insure the security and confidentiality of customer information in a manner fully consistent with industry standards; protect against anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information.
With so much emphasis being put on security both in terms of our identity and our finances it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief’s job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family.
There are a number of different methods of destruction appropriate for the different media on which the records are stored. Our Secured Destruction Area is devoted to destroying media and documents only. The restricted area is alarmed and under closed circuit internal video security at all times. Entrance is strictly controlled and the area is always locked. Management confirms the inbound material received to confirm receipt, proper quantity and any special instructions. Confidential document carts are staged in the order they are received and destroyed within 24 business hours
Document Retention: Depending on the the amount of paperwork you have held on to throughout the years at your home office or at work; you may find satisfaction in starting with what you can toss or shred immediately. Then move on to planning your long term and short-term storage areas and file solutions. Files that are one to two years old should be kept more accessible and files that are 3 years or older can be moved into long-term storage.