Why Shred Documents & Destroy Hard Drives?

Sound data protection policies are not just excellent business practice, it is the law. Federally mandated Privacy Legislation requires businesses to destroy sensitive information rather than simply discard the data. Using general waste bins to discard sensitive information risks that information becoming public knowledge and used for identity theft.

Furthermore organisations and individuals become vulnerable to litigation when personal records are not properly maintained or destroyed.


The maximum penalty for a data breach* is:

  • $1,700,000 for government agencies and private organisations
  • $340,000 for individuals

Personal Information can be as simple as hard copies of emails, orders and accounts; or written notes from client contacts, meetings and phone calls.

To prove your compliance with Australian Privacy Laws, Shred-X issues a Certificate of Destruction upon destroying your sensitive information.

We can offer this because we have a stringent Quality Assurance Program in place and are endorsed to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Standards.

* Sources:

  • Privacy Act 1988, Section 13G “Serious and repeated interferences with privacy”.
  • Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012, Australian Privacy Principles 11 & Subsection 80W (5) Civil penalty orders.
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious Drugs, Identity Crime and Other Measures) Act 2012

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Shred-X destroys more than just paper

Confidential information is no longer limited to paper based materials such as contracts, client lists, phone numbers and other sensitive data. Today there are many other items that require destruction in order to safeguard your business from litigation, media embarrassment, brand damage & possibles fines.


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