A key element to the success of any decommissioning strategy is for you to have a holistic view of the entire hardware life-cycle, as only then can you properly make the decision to reduce, reuse or recycle your old IT.
By understanding and accepting how technology changes over time, it makes sense to upgrade your equipment before it reaches its end of life and still potentially holds some value. By taking this approach, you can help ensure that you are managing your technology life-cycle in a more cost-effective way.
Data erasure solutions
The common problem with sensitive data is that deleted files are not really erased, and therefore may be recovered by interested parties.
Most file systems only remove the link to the data. Overwriting parts of the disk with something else or formatting it, may not guarantee that the sensitive data is completely unrecoverable.
Secure hard disk - shredding services
Whenever you delete a file on your computer, traces of it are left in places that aren't always apparent. Clever hackers and legitimate computer specialists can often reconstruct files that you had thought were long gone.
Therefore, if you are scrapping old equipment, it is imperative that you have it destroyed and shredded completely so that it becomes impossible to retrieve any such information.
General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission follow, to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU.
The regulation was adopted on 27 April 2016. It applies from 25 May 2018 after a two-year transition period and, unlike a directive, it does not require any enabling legislation to be passed by national governments.