Shred-Techannounced a new mobile shredding truck called the MDX-1. They say it is the first truck that doesn’t require screens or stacked shredders. It comes with two security settings that can be alternated with the touch of a button. The through-put is rated at 6,500 lbs/hr and 2500 lbs/hr for standard and high security mode respectively. The payload is 13,000 lbs.
In the last couple of weeks I have read things that make me question letting employees shred. This is beyond my standard assertion that they will take the easy road and try to hide them in the dumpster. I wonder if you can trust employees to use equipment that can cause serious damage.
The first incident was someone complaining about paper in her eye after using her office shredder. If she chooses to go to the doctor or file a disability claim it could quickly go from minor to very expensive.
The second incident came out yesterday from The Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley. Employees using a shredder started a fire. This activated the fire system and caused an unknown amount of damage. It resulted in the closing of a building.
These stories have to give every business cause for concern. The shredding always falls to the lowest paid, least trained employee. This is exactly the person who is likely to hurt themselves or the office. They are also the person who has little invested in the business and is happy to sell your customer’s personal information.
If you do choose to shred in-house make sure to train all employees using the shredder and provide supervision over the process.
The CIA has information so secret that they require shredding before it is burned. You might say this isn’t a very green way to destroy information but that is no longer the case. They now use the energy generated from the incinerator to heat water at CIA Headquarters. And if you ever wondered how much the CIA shreds — 20 tons of paper every year.
We don’t burn the paper after it is shredded but we do have it mixed with water and turned back into paper pulp. The pulp is used to make new paper. Your information is absolutely destroyed and the recycling done. Here are some more tips to help make every office more green.
Snellville police are investigating why thousands of private records were dumped behind a strip mall. The documents included credit card information with the three-digit security code and checking account numbers with routing numbers. This is everything needed to make false credit card transactions or produce counterfeit checks. The problem was reported to Channel 2 Action News and the police.
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The documents were from a collection agency called Resolution Services of America. They were sold to another company and it is believed a cleaning crew left the documents in the dumpster. It is not believed the information was compromised.
In the last month there are been five cases of patient records turning up in dumpsters. The problems came to the public’s attention when thousands of records were discovered in a dumpster in Regina last March 23rd. Since then there have been three additional reports submitted to Gary Dickson, Saskatchewan’s Privacy Commissioner. Three were in Regina and one in Saskatoon. [report].
Last month New Jersey Comptroller Matthew Boxer halted a computer auction. The move was made after his office discovered personal information left on the hard drives. Information found included license numbers and social security numbers. [report]
There is always a risk or releasing private information when selling or giving away computers. Make sure you use software to completely erase the data or just shred the hard drive.
Tracy Roerdon found the student records for the Huntington Learning Center in a dumpster behind a strip mall. The records contained ages, work numbers, and personal history. Tracy notified the authorities and Fox 5. Victoria Sieven, the director of the center said a company had been hired to store the records for five years and then shred them. She did not disclose the name of the company.