Identity theft ranks currently as one of the UK’s fastest growing crimes. Statistics from the UK Identity Fraud Steering Committee, estimate the total cost of identity fraud to the UK economy at approximately £1.2 billion every year, equivalent to around £25 for every adult in Britain.
The Data Protection Act of 1998 states that all organisations are legally required to store, secure and destroy personal and confidential information responsibly and securely. Despite this, identity fraud is still a frequent occurrence within business
Ecoshred has experienced an increase in demand from small business owners who are becoming more security conscious whether this is at the work premise or at the home address. Business owners are often finding that the accumulation of documents, bills and customer information is far too much for standard office shredders and are therefore reaching out to ourselves to provide a confidential document destruction service.
What is Confidential Data?
Below is an indication of various forms of confidential data, there however many other forms which as a business or consumer you need to be aware of.
- Accounts and VAT records
- Social security and PAYE details
- Commercial information
- Computer printouts
- Archived materials
- Sales enquiries
If you are unsure feel free to call and speak to one of our advisers, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.