Adhere to Privacy Laws With Secure Shredding
Is your company in Louisville compliant with all of the Privacy Laws? Did you know that you’re not only responsible for the privacy of your business, but also the privacy of your clients? The government is fining businesses of all sizes thousands of dollars for even the smallest of violations, most of which can be cured with professional secure shredding of documents. Here are some of the Privacy Laws you need to be aware of.
Please call us if you have any questions about these, or any other privacy issues.
FACTA – Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act: The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, also known as the FACT Act, was signed into law on December 4, 2003. The Act contains a number of provisions intended to combat identity theft and consumer fraud and related crimes. The act requires the destruction of papers containing consumer information. This law binds virtually every business or organization.
HIPPA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (revised by Congress in 2000) is a federal law that governs the handling of confidential medical and personal information and records. Civil and Criminal penalties, as well as fines, may result from the inadvertent disclosure of personal information. All company’s that handle medical and personal information must be in compliance with the federal standards by April of 2003.
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB) – Financial: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, which went into effect in July of 2002, governs the handling of all personal information. Much broader in scope than HIPPA, this law was designed to compel financial institutions to “respect the privacy of its customers” and mandates that all financial institutions establish procedures for protecting personal information, including the protection of discarded information.
Shredding documents – simple, yes? Put the paper in the shredder and recycle the tiny pieces. Maybe a little vacuuming for the dust and particles that spill onto the floor.
At A Plus Shredding that is our process (minus the vacuuming!). Our customers rest easy knowing that their confidential information has been Pulverized. Yes the end result of our shredding process is pieces no larger than the coins in your pocket down to dust. No one will ever find a social security number or other sensitive information from the documents we shred.
So what is the big deal? Why do we talk about the Pulverizing of your sensitive and confidential information?
Because the information you and your company creates is your responsibility from cradle to grave. If the unthinkable happens and your confidential information gets into the public domain, the law says you are responsible for allowing this to happen. The local and State officials will be talking to you.
“But” you say, “we hired Al (fictitious person created for this example) to get rid of that information . It is he who has created this mess and he should be on the front page of the CJ, not us”.
At this point is your tummy tightening?, scalp prickling?, any of the early warning signs your body sends when danger is near?
When Lynn and I researched the paper shredding industry years ago, we were surprised to learn the person who creates the info is responsible for it- forever. This is why we have invested in equipment that makes retrieving your sensitive information impossible. Our trucks are called Pulverizer because once your data goes through our equipment, it is thoroughly destroyed.
Your information is safe when A Plus Shredding does the job.