Stolen information and identity theft is a major problem, both for businesses and individuals. It’s common knowledge how having your information compromised can affect a private citizen, but the risks for business is also potentially quite severe. Protecting your own credit card and bank information is one thing, but protecting the information of hundreds or even thousands of people is quite another. One of the main ways a business can protect its sensitive information is by using effective document destruction services so no one can ever have access to it in the first place. Keeping sensitive information around longer than necessary can affect a business in several different ways.
The first risk to a business is the legal risk. Privacy legislation dictates that private information on clients or customers must be destroyed, and if it isn’t, your business could face stiff penalties. Having document destruction services ready to go when you need them will ensure you’re always slightly ahead of the law and never have to worry about the legal ramifications of stolen information. Another risk of stolen information for a business is losing current and future business.
If one of your customers has his or her private information stolen and word gets out that it was from your documents, the fallout could be catastrophic. Other customers may revolt and demand their information be destroyed immediately and many will certainly stop using your products or services. The real problem may end up being with the future business that is lost as part of the whole process. Surely, anyone who feels that their private information isn’t safe with a business isn’t likely to put him or herself in a position where they have to give it out.
A good document destruction service can help prevent losing mass amounts of current and future customers due to stolen information. Of course, not all stolen information has to do with customers and clients. Sometimes, company information ends up being stolen which carries with it a whole different set of consequences. If, for whatever reason you’ve decided not to take advantage of document destruction services, you could risk losing company information such as trade secrets, marketing strategies or even future business plans. If this type of stolen information falls into the hands of a competitor or new, start-up business it could mean lengthy legal battles or could even threaten the existence of the business.
Document destruction services exist so a business can dispose of sensitive information and not worry about anyone stealing it. Reputable document destruction services will destroy your sensitive documents to such a degree that they can never be reconstructed. This type of destruction is a thorn in the side of would-be thieves because it’s not uncommon for paper that’s already been shredded to still be compromised. If document shredding services are used for both the private information about customers and your private company information, you can avoid most of the risks and consequences involved with stolen information.
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