PBSA shredders underpin POPI compliance

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shredder-generic-picThe company’s hard drive shredders offer local businesses a sure-fire way of complying with the act’s stringent data protection laws.

This year, the implementation date for the much-publicised Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act is expected to be announced, and local businesses will have a year from this date to become compliant – or face severe penalties.

Passed into South African law towards the end of 2013, the POPI Act essentially regulates how companies store and secure personal information of individuals and entities. Because the act aligns South Africa with international laws on privacy, it includes some stringent rules that businesses – no matter their size – will need to follow to a T.

Wale Arewa, CEO of Secure IT asset disposal company Xperien, says, although the POPI Act gives companies a grace period of a year from commencement to comply with its requirements, they should make it a top priority now.

“There are serious penalties [for non-compliance with the act]. Besides the possibility of prison terms and fines of up to R10 million, POPI also allows individuals to institute civil claims. This means there is the possibility of further financial loss on top of any fine that may be imposed,” warns Arewa.

Data demolition

One of the POPI Act’s key objectives is to ensure customer data is destroyed sufficiently. According to the act, user data cannot be kept for longer than necessary and will have to be completely destroyed – not merely deleted or superficially disposed of.

This means it is simply not good enough for companies to wipe or format a hard drive, nor is it sufficient to toss it out, regardless of how unlikely it may be that it will be discovered.

The only sure-fire way to destroy data, is to physically shred it – a method vouched for by international business news site Bloomberg, in an article entitled “The right way to destroy sensitive data”.

“Hard drives are fed into a machine that resembles a photocopier, which chews and spits out slivers of scrap metal,” the site explains.

pbOffice, a division of PBSA (formerly Pitney Bowes South Africa), offers a failsafe solution to data destruction with two quality HSM machines – the HSM Powerline HDS230 Hard Drive Shredder and its smaller – but equally effective – counterpart, the HSM HDS150 Hard Drive Shredder.

Both fully data protection compliant, the two hard drive shredders destroy digital media devices in a safe and economical way. These safe and easy-to-use devices shred hard drives into tiny particles – ensuring absolute and irreversible destruction of all data contained on them.

Designed with longevity in mind, both hard drive shredders feature sturdy, solid steel-cutting units and powerful drives. Additionally, because the units feature high throughput capacity and energy-saving continuous operation, they are an intelligent choice for businesses seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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[REFERENCES]  

Bloomberg.com

Xperien.com

 

Ensure compliance and peace of mind with PBSA’s hard drive shredder

hard drive shredDon’t let sensitive information fall into the wrong hands – destroy your hard drives the right way, for once and for all.

The amount of digital data generated in today’s world is unprecedented and growing at a phenomenal rate – doubling every two years – and much of this data is personal information.

It is hardly surprising, in light of this, that the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act has stolen so much of the media limelight this year, with its final commencement date expected any day now.

The POPI Act basically regulates how companies store and secure personal information. Failure to adequately handle this data will lead to considerable penalties.

Yet, scores of local businesses still adopt a lax attitude when it comes to the destruction of old hard drives that contain retrievable personal information. And the risk they run, should sensitive information fall into the wrong hands, is a huge one – that of irreparable reputation damage. Not to mention that of loss of intellectual property and legal penalties.

It is not good enough to simply carry out a superficial wipe of an obsolete hard drive and it is certainly not sufficient to toss it out, regardless of how unlikely it may be that it’s discovered.

pbOffice, a division of PBSA (formerly Pitney Bowes SA) offers a failsafe solution in the HSM Powerline HDS230 Hard Drive Shredder, a specialised machine that shreds and permanently destroys hard drives – and the sensitive information they hold – for absolute peace of mind.

Safe and easy to use, the HDS230 shreds hard drives into small particles, ensuring any information that may have been even remotely at risk of being accessed is destroyed for good.

Designed with longevity in mind, the hard drive shredder features a sturdy, solid steel-cutting unit and a powerful, robust drive.

Meanwhile, for the environmentally-minded, the unit’s high throughput capacity and energy-saving continuous operation makes it an intelligent choice for reducing the carbon footprint.

If it’s absolute peace of mind and POPI compliance you are after as a business, this specialised shredder is for you.