BEWARE! Are You Violating the Law by NOT Destroying Information Before Discarding? – You Need a Paper Shredding Service

You may be surprised that companies of all sizes in many industries are obligated to destroy (shred) all kinds of information they have collected from customers, about employees and more.

Paper Shredding Service is NOT just for big companies, banks and medical facilities.  In this article by Association of Corporate Council, Attorneys Andy Serwin and Adam Fleisher provide an overview of the many areas of exposure faced by most businesses. They report that

“The FTC recently reiterated its belief that regardless of any representations that you may make about the collection and storage of user data, you must take reasonable steps to keep sensitive data secure.”

They also point out that under the revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), there are “new compliance requirements for apps that collect personal information from children under the age of 13.” 

Please visit this area of our website to see a chart that outlines all the various documents you are required to destroy prior to discarding them.

For example, NOT destroying customer records could subject your business to fines and other penalties from at least six different agencies!

Some of the agencies that govern document and records management include:

  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLB)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • US Safe Harbor Program
  • USA Patriot Act
  • Florida Unlawful Use of Personal Identification Information Act

Call 877-974-7337 or contact us.  We will gladly review your situation and make you aware of all legal obligations you may have for document retention and destruction before discarding.

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