IT disposal holds many risks when it’s not done by professionals, especially for businesses found to be using improper means to dispose of their end-of-life IT assets.
What Is Improper IT Disposal?
One common issue with improper IT disposal involves shipping discarded IT assets to developing countries, where the items are disassembled and burnt. This method offers no guarantees for the protection of data and does not align with existing environmental regulations regarding the disposal of electronic items.
Improper IT disposal exposes businesses to data breaches due to the fact that the devices being disposed of aren’t securely sanitised of their data. Because the processes employed for asset handling in improper IT disposal don’t prioritise data security, it means they aren’t GDPR compliant, leaving your company vulnerable to GDPR-related fines or sanctions.
As electronic items such as laptops and PCs contain multiple toxic components, improper disposal of these assets has detrimental effects to the environment and, in turn, the health of animals and humans living near the sites where improper IT disposal processes take place. Every business has a responsibility to dispose of their end-of-life IT assets in an environmentally safe manner, and proactively doing so is a good example of CSR.
Properly disposing of redundant IT assets in a way that is secure and responsible is good for a business in more ways than one. Not only does it protect the data a company stores, but also maintains the reputation of a responsible, socially considerate company that cares about protecting its clients, customers and partners’ data. Reputational damage is potentially the biggest risk of improper IT disposal. There are many examples of companies that have failed to recover from a data breach so it’s not worth the risk.
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