From the yearly archives: "2013"

DiskShred continues to prove it will go the extra mile to support its customers when last week it successfully completed on-site shredding of both Hard Drives and Tapes in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy.
The team of skilled operatives kept to a challenging schedule to ensure they arrived at each nominated site on-time, which is all the more impressive considering they covered over 2,200 km!
DiskShred shredded the redundant media to an agreed size in adherence with both the UK Information Assurance Standard No.5 and the German DIN 66399.

Data Protection is tightening up in France with the announcement that the Commission Nationale De L’informatique et Des Libertés (CNIL) has launched an online notification procedure for French electronic communications service providers whereby they must report any data breaches within 24 hours of the initial detection. This requirement also extends to the notification of the data subjects (individuals) whose data has been compromised except where the data has been encrypted.
THE CNIL has the power to levy fines of up to €300,000 per data breach plus up to five years in prison for failure to comply with the notification procedure.
The full details regarding the EC Regulations No.611/2013 can be found here.

The UK Government has reiterated its commitment to consult on introducing custodial sentences as a possible penalty for individuals who breach UK data protection laws.

In a letter to the chair of Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee Keith Vaz, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said that the public would be asked whether there should be new custodial penalties for breaches of Section 55 of the Data Protection Act (DPA). Section 55 of the Act (DPA) states that it is generally unlawful for a person to ‘knowingly or recklessly without the consent of the data controller obtain or disclose personal data or the information contained in personal data, or procure the disclosure to another person of the information contained in personal data’ without the consent of those who control the data. The UK government has previously expressed scepticism about whether there is a need for the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act provisions to be brought into force, the report states. Full details on the report can be found here.

DiskShred has further increased its service capabilities with the recent addition of another purpose built media shredding truck to its fleet. The new truck is capable of shredding up to 500 hard drives per hour and comes with a secure perimeter CCTV system and automated asset tracking service.

If that doesn’t excite you how about the new iPad viewer? Whilst we’re shredding on your site, you can relax in your office and watch the whole process using one of our own securely linked iPads.

Here’s a link to our latest corporate video to further whet the appetite:

DiskShred will be supporting this year’s UK Data Protection Compliance Conference at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in the centre of London on the 10th and 11th of September 2013. This prestigious event brings together some of the key thought leaders in this fast moving sector. The keynote speech will be delivered by Christopher Graham, UK Information Commissioner, who will kick-off the two day event.

The DiskShred team will be on hand throughout the conference to offer advice on how on-site media shredding can help organisations of all sizes to adhere to the key principles of the Data Protection Act.

Who should attend the Data Protection Compliance Conference

Data Protection Officers, Privacy Officers, Information Officers, Compliance Officers, Risk Managers, IT Directors, Information Security Officers, Records Managers, Company Secretaries, Information Lawyers, Consultants, Public and Private Sector Lawyers, Finance Directors, Human Resources Officers, Employment Lawyers, Office Managers, Procurement Officers, Archivists, Researchers, Freedom of Information Officers, and more…

Over 3,000 patient records were found on a second-hand NHS computer that was auctioned on eBay. NHS Surrey failed to check that the data destruction company had properly disposed of the records.

In a data breach quoted as one of the most serious they’ve ever seen, NHS Surrey has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office. “The facts of this breach are truly shocking,” ICO head of enforcement Stephen Eckersley said in a statement.

“NHS Surrey chose to leave an approved provider and handed over thousands of patients’ details to a company without checking that the information had been securely deleted. The result was that patients’ information was effectively being sold online.”

NHS Surrey was alerted to the data loss by a member of the public who had purchased an old NHS computer and found patient records.

The data destruction company had offered free disposal of the computers in exchange for the sale of salvageable materials. The company promised to crush the computer hard disks using an industrial guillotine, but NHS Surrey failed to monitor the destruction process, the ICO ruled, and did not have a contract in place that explained the legal requirements of the data destruction.

DiskShred’s Philip McMichael commented that government departments must put in place contracts with reputable, accredited organisations to ensure that data destruction is completed in line with UK government standards and to comply with the Data Protection Act. The ICO has produced guidance explaining how old IT equipment containing personal information can be securely destroyed in compliance with the Act.

Wir freuen uns bekannt zu geben, dass DiskShred bei der diesjährigen it-sa, vom 8. bis 10. Oktober, in Nürnberg ausstellen wird. Diese weltweit führende IT-Security-Messe bringt die führenden Unternehmen der IT-Security-Industrie zusammen, um Ideen auszutauschen und neue Beziehungen aufzubauen. Das DiskShred-Team wird für die Dauer der Messe vor Ort sein, um Anleitung und Rat zu bewährten Praktiken zur sicheren Vernichtung Ihrer redundanten Datenträger zu geben.

Bei DiskShred haben wir es uns zur Aufgabe gemacht, unsere marktführenden Schredder-Dienste, von unseren Büros in Deutschland, Großbrittanien und Irland aus, in ganz Europa anzubieten.

ITSA IT-Security-Messe

DiskShred is delighted to announce that it will be attending this year’s ITSA Exhibition in Nuremburg from the 8th October to the 10th October. This world leading IT Security focussed event brings together some of the leading industry players to exchange ideas and build new relationships. The DiskShred team will be available throughout the three days to provide guidance on the industry best practices for the secure shredding of redundant media.

DiskShred is committed to delivering its market leading shredding services throughout Europe from its offices in Germany, UK and Ireland.

More on ITSA Exhibition

DiskShred is proud to announce the opening of its latest office in Ratingen, Dusseldorf. DiskShred is committed to providing its customers with a market leading on-site hard drive shredding services throughout Europe and our new German office is a key part of that strategy. Our highly trained multi-lingual sales staff are available to provide expert advice on the challenges surrounding effective data destruction and can help ensure that you keep on the right side of Der Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit (The Office of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information).

DiskShred is proud to announce the opening of its latest office in Ratingen, Dusseldorf. DiskShred is committed to providing its customers with a market leading on-site hard drive shredding services throughout Europe and our new German office is a key part of that strategy. Our highly trained multi-lingual sales staff are available to provide expert advice on the challenges surrounding effective data destruction and can help ensure that you keep on the right side of Der Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit (The Office of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information).