BSIA highlights the importance of data destruction in court

A campaign by the Information Destruction (ID) section of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has highlighted the importance of secure data destruction to HM Courts’ Service.

Magistrates’ Courts alone deal with around 95% of court cases each year, and the amount of personal data passing through each court on a daily basis is staggering. As such, the BSIA’s recent campaign aimed to raise awareness among courts of the importance of employing a strict information destruction policy to avoid confidential information falling into the wrong hands.

Writing to almost 450 courts across England and Wales, the BSIA highlighted the importance of European Standard EN15713, which outlines the minimum standards that information destruction suppliers should meet when destroying confidential data.

Stuart Nicholls, Vice Chairman of the BSIA’s ID Section, comments: “While the BSIA would encourage all courts to specify the EN 15713 standard when procuring information destruction services, it has come to our attention that this isn’t always the case, despite recommendations from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that organisations disposing of information such as company records, financial data or customer details should follow internal company procedures or may wish to refer to EN 15713.”

With the Information Commissioner issuing fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act, courts should act now to minimise the risk they face from non-compliance.

Stuart adds: “A court’s choice of information destruction supplier has a significant impact on the effectiveness of its data protection policy. As the trade association representing the UK’s private security industry, the BSIA is ideally placed to help any organisation find a reliable supplier that conforms to all the latest British and European standards relating to information destruction.”

All members of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section operate to extremely high standards, securely destroying a range of confidential information including paper, DVDs and computer hard-drives. All are inspected to the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard.

As part of the Association’s members’ commitment to keeping up to date with industry developments, the BSIA’s Information Destruction section will be hosting its third annual ID conference and exhibition on the 30th May, in Birmingham. The event aims at sharing best practice amongst suppliers and service providers within the information destruction industry. For more information on the event visit the BSIA’s website.

To find out more about the BSIA and the work of its ID Section, visit the BSIA’s dedicated information destruction homepage.

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