Areas Your Data May Be Compromised
While recycling your documents, there are several ways the information could be compromised. Some of the most common ways your information may be stolen during the recycling process include:
While Awaiting Recycling at the Workplace
Most people are aware that they need to be careful about what information they include in company emails and on social media, but few people realize that their data may also be at risk when recycling at the workplace. Many businesses provide recycling bins at the office but don’t provide guidelines on what kind of information can be recycled or not. Because of this, many employees simply toss all of their old paperwork into the recycling bin without giving it a second thought.
However, this can be a huge mistake, since more often than not, sensitive/private or protected information is included in those documents, and it can easily fall into the wrong hands. An unauthorized employee may see confidential information that they shouldn’t, or a visitor could steal paperwork. To avoid this, adopt a shred all policy to be sure to securely store all of your recycled materials in security bins until disposal so nobody can access them.
While Being Processed by a Recycling Facility
While recycling is an important way to reduce waste and protect the environment, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks involved in trusting your confidential documents to a recycling company. There are several ways that your information could be compromised during the recycling process.
For example, if the documents are not shredded before being recycled, someone could potentially rummage through the bin and find sensitive information. Additionally, if the recycling company is untrustworthy, there’s no guarantee they won’t try selling the information that they’ve received or one of their employees will not access the info for nefarious reasons. As a result, it’s important to be mindful of the potential risks involved in recycling confidential documents without proper control and tracking of the chain of custody.