What to Shred and What You Can Trash

Deciding whether to shred to trash a document.

Shredding private documents is necessary to protect your private information—but if you are paying for shredding services, you don’t want to shred materials that can be tossed.

The video below goes through 4 main types of information that are absolutely crucial to shred. Safely destroying these documents will ensure your information stays safe and you comply with all security and privacy laws.

Video Transcript

Do You Know What Needs Shredding?

While shredding is an essential tool for protecting information after disposal, what’s truly important is knowing what exactly needs protection.

As much as 50% of small businesses say employees trashing sensitive files is one of their biggest security risks, making it crucial to take stock of what needs shredding first.

4 Types of Information Needing Protection

During disposal it’s important you’re able to identify and recognize confidential information.

This offer dual-benefits, as it not only ensures potentially sensitive information can’t slip through the cracks, but also keeps shredding cost-efficient by strictly shredding only what’s necessary.

Shred any document that contains this type of information.

#1 Disposing PII

Personally identifiable information (PII) is one of the most important information types to protect when it comes to identity theft.

Some of the most common PII to be sure your shred includes:

        • Name
        • Address
        • Phone numbers
        • Social security numbers
        • Birth date
        • PHI
        • Driver’s license number
        • Bank account & credit/debit card numbers

#2 Information Protected by Privacy Laws

Several laws including HIPAA, the GLBA, and FACTA require protection for sensitive information and come with civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance.

In health care, HIPAA requires protection for information like PHI for example, while laws like the GLBA and FACTA require safeguards for consumer financial information.

#3 Financial Information

Shred any documents containing financial information.Besides consumers, a company or individual’s own financial information is also a must for shredding.

Data used with billing, banking, and insurance should always be securely destroyed—including debit or credit cards and any other information that could potentially be used to process transaction or access accounts.

#4 Company & Corporate Information

The final type of information to always shred is any other document or data that can put a company in jeopardy if stolen or lost.

This catchall group includes information such as:

        • Proprietary information
        • Contracts & financial data
        • Internal correspondence
        • Customer & supplier information
        • HR records

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