Why Shred?

Simply Put... Your mind at ease!

Reason 1: It’s The Law
Reason 2: To Prevent Identity Theft
Reason 3: To Protect Your Clients
Reason 4: To Protect Your Business
Reason 5: To Protect Your Intellectual Property
Reason 6: To Protect Your Reputation
Reason 7: To Protect Your Employees
Sources & Links: Applicable Laws

It’s The Law – because there are several new laws actually requiring organizations to shred or face steep fines. California State Assembly Bill 2246 requires a business to take all reasonable steps to destroy a customer's records containing personal information which is no longer to be retained by the business by (1) shredding, (2) erasing, or (3) otherwise modifying the personal information in those records to make it unreadable or undecipherable through any means.

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To Prevent Identity Theft - Identity theft is the deliberate assumption of another person's identity, usually to gain access to their finances or frame them for a crime. Less commonly, it is to enable illegal immigration, terrorism, espionage, or changing identity permanently.

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To Protect Your Clients – You may possess information about your clients that is confidential, and if passed through the wrong hands, it could damage their reputation, expose their trade secrets, or result in identity theft.

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To Protect Your Business – Dumpster diving has become popular with investigative reporters or anyone trying to find “dirt” on your business. Shredding on a regular basis will keep your private information private.

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To Protect Your Intellectual Property - if your company possesses proprietary trade information for conducting their business – and staying ahead of the competition – then you need to shred on a regular basis! On many occasions, courts have ruled that they will not recognize protection of intellectual property if the owner fails to demonstrate that every possible step was been taken to protect that intellectual property. Shred with VRC and put Your Mind at Ease!

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To Protect Your Reputation – The integrity of your business depends on your ability to provide secure and reliable services. If it is determined that your company is unable to protect the private information of clients, your reputation may easily and permanently be damaged.

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To Protect Your Employees – Your employees have entrusted you with their private information such as their social security number, insurance policy, health records, driver’s license number, driving records and educational background information. The law requires that you protect this information and your eployees expect you to protect this information from unauthorized or fraudulent use. Let VRC help you protect your employees, clients and business.

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FACTA – The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act was in full swing by November 2004. It is designed to protect consumer rights by requiring that consumer information is destroyed before it is discarded. The goal is to prevent identity theft through destroying all pertinent consumer information (i.e. Social Security, credit information, name and address). Non-compliance can lead to civil penalties …(read more)

HIPPA – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was passed by US Congress in 1996. Requires entities handling health related information to document their policies defining the measures they have implemented to prevent unauthorized access to patient information. The HIPAA legislation states that “reasonable and appropriate, technical and physical safeguards” must be taken “to prevent intentional or unintentional use or disclosure of protected healthcare information”. Non-compliance can lead to civil penalties…(read more)

SB1386 – This bill, operative July 1st 2003, requires a state agency, a person or business operating within California, which owns or licenses computerized data containing personal information, to disclose any breach of security of the data, to any resident of California whose unencrypted personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person. Existing law provides civil remedies for violations of these provisions…(read more)

GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT – The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act went into full compliance on July 1st 2001. Designed for financial services industry, it sets limits on the sharing of client information on a national level; it governs disclosure of privacy policies to customers and consumers, and requires that the industry disclose privacy and information sharing policies to customers and consumers. Non-compliance can lead to civil penalties ($100,000 per violation) and criminal penalties (5 years of incarceration)…(read more)

U.S. Supreme Court (California v. Greenwood) -- Dumpster Diving” not illegal. Any information that is placed in the dumpster is public Domain. The case was decided by the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 486 U.S. 35 on January 11, 1988. Additionally, the Fourth Appellate District Court of California also heard the case. Both courts held that the Fourth Amendment does not prohibit the warrantless search and seizure of garbage left for collection outside the curtilage of a home…(read more)

ITPEA - The Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, was signed in 2004. It made identity theft a federal crime…(read more)

EEA - The Economic Espionage Act - The Economic Espionage Act was the first federal law that brought about unsympathetic sentences regarding whomever: steals, misappropriates, takes, conceals, by fraud, artifice, deception obtains a trade secret (etc). Non-compliance can lead to and organization being fined up to $10,000,000. If one or more of persons commit such an offence they can be fined up to $500,000 or be imprisoned up to 15 years…(read more)

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