How to destroy computers in a GDPR compliant manner

The European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. The new regulations impact any and all companies that process the personal data of individuals living within the EU, with significant fines imposed on those who don’t comply.

These regulations mean that now, more than ever, organisations must recognise their responsibilities and implement measures to make sure they meet the legal obligations when it comes to the data they hold. This includes what happens to the personal data that a company holds after it is no longer required.

How do Businesses Process Data?

The way that organisations are processing data is constantly expanding. Long gone are the days where information could only be acquired through a fax – companies can now process data through emailing, scanning and online portals, to name just a few methods.

How Do Businesses Comply with GDPR?

All data that organisations no longer need must be deleted in a secure manner from any hard drive it is stored on. This includes laptops/desktops, photocopiers, memory sticks and external hard drives. The way data has to be removed will vary from device to device. Hard drives on older models need to be physically removed from the machine and disposed of by secure means, for example. Properly and reliably deleting all necessary data can be an issue for companies who don’t have an IT specialist.

Failure to correctly manage this data will be in breach of GDPR regulations.

Here at Byteback, we specialise in providing fully accredited and diligent data disposal services to help organisations achieve complete GDPR compliance. Using professional data destruction methods and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) certified software, we take away the stress and responsibility that comes with deleting data in accordance with GDPR.

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