Why Shred?

More Reasons to Shred

1. Your Duty to Secure the Privacy of Others
IDENTITY THEFT and information based fraud is the fastest growing crime in America! 1 out of every 5 people is a victim of identity theft. Victims spend an average of 200 hours over a 3-year period and spend over one thousand dollars of out-of-pocket expenses to recover from the effects of having their identity stolen.

  • Protect your customers
    • At the very least, you have an “implied contract” to protect their information, simply
      based on the fact that you are collecting their data to conduct business. They have a legal contractual right to expect you to take every precaution to protect it, which can only be accomplished by shredding the data before it is discarded.
    • Privacy laws require you to keep your customers’ personal information private. Their confidential information can neither be disclosed to the public, nor to unauthorized
      personnel in your own office.
  • Protect your employees (current and former)
    • They have a legal right to have their personal information secured by shredding their data before it is discarded.

2. Your Company’s Information Security
What would it cost your company, your customers and your employees if sensitive information were to fall into the wrong hands?

  • Corporate Espionage
    • An estimated 7 billion dollars was lost last year alone to corporate espionage.           
    • Don't let your company's sensitive documents fall into others’ possession!
    • Dumpster Diving is legal - The U.S. Supreme court has ruled that information thrown in your trash is fair game to anyone.
    • It’s estimated that 70% of all espionage involves dumpster diving.
    • The FBI estimates the theft of proprietary information costs U.S. corporations $42 billion annually.
  • Competition
    • Make sure your business STAYS your business.
  • Former and Current Employees
    • Employees are the most likely to realize the value of discarded company information. It is important to safeguard your company’s proprietary information, not only from competitors, but also from unauthorized personnel within your own organization.
  • Trade Information Rights
    • If you don’t protect your trade information, the courts won’t either.

3. Convenience

  • Attractive Locked Security Containers (consoles and/or bins) provided to you FREE of
    charge to be placed strategically in your facility, in locations convenient for your staff to use to dispose of confidential materials.
  • No need to sort paper by color or grade or remove staples, paper clips, alligator clips, binding, or any other items attached to materials.
  • Once your documents are easily placed in the locked security containers, within
    seconds your job is done!
  • No need to call for routine service. We automatically have you scheduled for service - timely pickups are based upon your needs.
  • Only Shred-Away and the designated contact within your organization has a key to access these security containers.

4. Cost Efficiency

Are you still using an office shredder? Time is money!

  • We can do it cheaper, more secure, and more efficiently than you can do with an in house office shredder.
    • We guarantee you that the savings will be significant.
    • In 15 minutes, we can destroy what it would take an office shredder days to do.
    • In-house shredders will not handle large volumes and may prompt employees to disregard the destruction process.
  • Stop wasting valuable employee time at the office shredder.
  • No security container fees, travel fees, disposal fees or recycling fees with our monthly routine service.
  • Free up office space from stored outdated information.
  • Lower utility expenses.
  • Eliminate equipment outlay and maintenance costs.

lower utility expenses5. Regulatory Compliance
Could your company survive a lawsuit?
Various state, federal and international regulations govern the protection of private information. Disclosing private information — even by accident — could be grounds for a lawsuit. A secure, reliable shredding program will assist you in remaining legally compliant with privacy laws.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”): The Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) enacted in 1996 includes provisions to safeguard the privacy of patient health records. The HIPAA rules apply to all protected health information whether it is kept electronically, on paper, or communicated orally.  Hospitals, individual doctors, pharmacies, and other businesses involved in the healthcare industry are currently in the process of designing procedures that will comply with the new HIPAA rules.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act: This Act requires that financial institutions take steps to ensure the security and
confidentiality of its customers non-public personal information including personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, passwords or access codes for bank accounts, credit cards, ATM cards, financial assets of an individual, consumer credit reports, financial account numbers for an individual, and other similar such financial information that is attributable to a particular individual. The harm caused by “identity theft” has led the federal government to create mandates such as this in order to prevent even the negligent disclosure of sensitive personal information. GLB covers a wide array of financial activities. The definition of a “financial institution” under GLB is extremely broad, including preparers of individual tax returns, providers of real estate settlement services and debt collection agencies.

The 1974 Federal Privacy Act was established to insure that government agencies protect the privacy of individuals and businesses with regard to information held by them and to hold these agencies liable if any information is released without authorization.

Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) — Regulation S-P: The purpose of this Regulation is to bring businesses regulated by the SEC into compliance with the concepts for privacy outlined under the GLB Act. This Act applies to broker-dealers, funds, registered advisors, those who deal with variable annuity or variable life insurance, and any other entities dealing in Securities.

Safe Harbor Privacy Principles: In October 1998, the European Union’s wide-sweeping privacy legislation — called the European Union Data Protection Directive — became effective. The Directive places new requirements on businesses that wish to collect process or transfer personal data from an EU Member State to a non-EU Member State. Under the Directive, the transfer of personal information from an EU Member State to a non-EU country is forbidden unless the country and the company involved provide an “adequate” level of privacy protection.

FERMA exists to widen and raise the culture of Risk Management throughout Europe to its members and to the risk management and insurance community. It achieves its aims by promotion and raising awareness of risk management through the media, by information sharing, educational and research projects.

FACTA (2003): The new Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) amends the current Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to "prevent identity theft, improve resolutions of consumer disputes, improve accuracy of consumer records, make improvements in the use of, and consumer access to credit information, and for other purposes."

Sarbanes Oxley Act (2002) was passed to implement changes in federal securities regulation, corporate governance, and the regulation or auditors. It expanded federal white-collar laws criminalizing the destruction of certain corporate communications and documents.

Federal Rule 26: By not adhering to a program of routinely destroying stored records, a company exhibits suspicious disposal practices that could be negatively construed in the event of litigation or audit. Destroying on a set schedule limits your legal risks.

FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

Fair Credit Reporting: Enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, is designed to promote accuracy and ensure the privacy of the information used in consumer reports. Recent amendments to the Act expand your rights and place additional requirements on Consumer Reporting Agencies. Businesses that supply information about you to Consumer Reporting Agencies and those that use consumer reports also have new responsibilities under the law.

Economic Espionage Act makes the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets a criminal offense, and is the first federal law that purports to both broadly define and severely punish such misappropriation and theft.

6. Recycling
Don’t just secure your company’s confidential documents. Help secure the environment as well.

  • All shredded materials go directly to a paper recycler.
    • Shredded materials are recycled into materials such as paper towels, toilet paper, cardboard, corrugated boxes, etc.
    • For every ton of paper recycled, you help save 17 trees and 3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • CAUTION! Recycling alone does NOT establish the necessary requirements of information destruction.
    • Any document containing confidential information must be destroyed prior to being sent to a recycler.
    • Your legal and fiduciary obligations may require you to establish a legal chain of custody for destroyed documents
    • (Who, What, When, Where and How they were destroyed).


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Shred-Away Shredding Inc.

3501 Melcat Drive Suite D
Oklahoma City, OK 73179

Main Office:
Toll Free: 1-866-76-SHRED (74733)

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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