Even when you’re doing your best, being completely GDPR compliant isn’t always easy. This is especially true when you’re an individual without the expertise on how to be GDPR compliant in the UK which can usually be found within a business. Of course, you don’t want to take any risks with yours or anyone else’s confidential data. If you’re not sure about what to do, we’ve created this guide to make your disposal of confidential information compliant with GDPR.
For many people, GDPR requirements can seem complex and tough to understand. If you’re finding the regulations difficult to understand, it’s helpful to break the full requirements down into sections. This helps you to focus only on the parts of the regulations that are relevant to you. Dividing the regulations into smaller segments makes it easier to understand what’s required and to properly follow the guidance.
It can also be helpful to think about the types of information you’re disposing of. This can also make your obligations clearer and means you can be certain about whether documents contain confidential related information. Documents that you might have to dispose of can vary depending on your activities, but typically it’s safe to assume you need to consider GDPR when you’re disposing of any type of financial information. This includes:
- Invoices and pay orders
- Payroll documents for yourself or others
- Bank statements
Don’t Take Chances
A clear understanding of what confidential information you need to dispose of in a GDPR compliant way is helpful but there’s always room for doubt. It’s arguably better to go overboard than risk a data breach so if you’re uncertain then the suitable option is to securely destroy any old documents. Doing this avoids the risk of a data breach.
Even if you think there’s no need to destroy a document, it’s better to take precautions unless you know this for a fact. This also means removing data from hard drives and properly disposing of hardware when the time comes. Be certain that you no longer need the information before you proceed with destroying it.
Destroying GDPR Confidential Information
One of the most effective ways to destroy information in a GDPR compliant way is shredding. At Hungry Shredder we provide secure document shredding services for individuals and businesses, covering Berkshire, Middlesex and Greater London. Instead of trying to manage a large volume of documents yourself, you can rely on us to collect and securely destroy them. Get in touch to find out more.
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