Why is Data Privacy Important? [And How to Keep it Safe]
Data privacy is essential because certain information can devastate your organization if leaked. Your business could lose information on an upcoming product or service and see it go straight to your competitors. If you’re a government agency, stolen information and data could wind up in the hands of enemies. As scary as these specific outcomes are, there have been plenty of other ways that compromised information has ruined organizations.
Identity theft and information-based fraud are crimes that have been growing fast in the United States. What’s worse, the reality is that it’s not as hard to lose private information as you think. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that you relinquish ownership of information when it’s casually discarded by being tossed in the trash bin.
- Investigative reporters can legally use dumpsters for easy-to-find headlines.
And those are only some simple ways people obtain stolen data and information. There are also hackers and technological threats that can get your information through cyberspace.
What Can You Do to Ensure Data Privacy?
Data theft can be a terrifying thought. So, how can you make sure you’re keeping valuable data private? By working with a AAA NAID Certified company that specializes in:
- Commercial Paper Shredding Services
- IT and Hard Drive Destruction Services
- Product Destruction Services
- Data Breach Reporting Services
NAID® is the standards-setting body for the information destruction industry. You’ll want to confirm that the shredding/destruction company you work with is NAID Certified, not just a NAID member. While having a NAID AAA Certification is voluntary, it ensures the company is being properly audited and endorsed for its services.
About Shred Right
Shred Right is your locally-owned leader for shredding services, product destruction, and IT asset destruction. We are AAA NAID Certified for mobile on-site and off-site shredding vault services.
Our team has worked with government agencies, financial services, health care industries, and more, consulting on standards for privacy and security. For 35 years, we’ve been trusted to manage liability and risk, and protect corporate reputations for our customers.