What data is hiding in old copiers?
It’s a little known fact that nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive. One of the hard drive's primary purposes is to store a digital copy of what was scanned on that machine. Discarding or selling one of these digital photocopiers without having the hard disk thoroughly erased can be a security and public relations nightmare.
That’s what happened to Affinity Health Plan, a New York insurance company. When CBS News purchased randomly selected copy machines from a used copier warehouse in New Jersey, the insurance company was a previous owner of one of the copiers and the photocopy machine’s harddrive was loaded with 300 pages of individual medical records. They included everything from drug prescriptions, to blood test results, to a cancer diagnosis. A potentially serious breach of federal privacy law.
PC Disposal removes data from copier hard drives before recycling
PC Disposal applies the same security methods to copy machines that we offer for our client’s computers. Depending on services requested, PCD will destroy copier hard drives or thoroughly wipe all data from hard disks using Department of Defense recommended methods (on-site service available).
Furthermore, PC Disposal takes title to your duplication equipment and protects you from liability. That is, your copier becomes our copier – protecting you and your company from legal woes and PR embarrassment.
How do you know you can trust PC Disposal? In addition to being the choice of Fortune 500 corporations and U.S. government agencies since 1998, PC Disposal is the first and only disposal and recycling company to back its services with a $1,000,000 secure data guarantee. We are also a NAID certified secure recycler.
What secure recycling services does PCD offer?
PC Disposal specializes in the secure retirement of all types of photocopiers and digital copiers. We offer the following services:
- We protect you from liability by taking title to equipment.
- Our nationwide service means we can pick up your equipment from anywhere in the United States.
- Hard drives on digital copiers are destroyed or data is wiped using DOD approved methods.
- Copiers recycled according to state and federal environmental laws. E-waste is never shipped overseas.
- Receive a certified report detailing, by serial number, the copier disposal services performed.
- 100% HIPAA, HITECH, Gramm-Leach-Bliley and EPA compliant.
- Services backed by our $1,000,000 data removal guarantee.
- PCD is a NAID certified recycler.
Do you recycle other electronics?
Yes! We recycle nearly all business electronics, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers and IT equipment.
Who is PCD?
PC Disposal is part of a family of technology businesses started in 1989. Kory Bostwick founded PC Disposal in 1998 because he was concerned that there were few environmentally-friendly options for companies who wanted to dispose of the toxic glut of obsolete computers that were filling offices – and ultimately – landfills.
With this idea in mind, PC Disposal has grown into one of the largest computer disposal firms in the industry. We've now expanded to provide recycling services for all types of electronic waste. In addition to home consumers, our clients include companies of all sizes throughout the United States and Canada, and many of our clients are Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies.