In today’s society, important personal information like credit card accounts, social security numbers, and private data has become easily exploitable by those who fail to recognize the importance of data security. When taking an old storage device to your local neighborhood electronics recycler, you should ask certain questions to ensure that your information will be destroyed securely and responsibly.
Ask questions like: What happens to my IT Scrap? What does your company do to protect my data? Are you authorized to accept data sensitive electronics for recycling? Is you company R2 certified? The R2 certification is awarded to those electronics recyclers that follow the voluntary Responsible Recycling standard developed by the EPA. Not only does this standard focus on the importance of accountable e-waste recycling, but it ensures customers that their data is being destroyed securely though the scrutiny placed on the recycler’s data destruction processes.