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How to become GDPR compliant

When end-of-use IT equipment needs to be replaced, it is important that the stored data is handled properly and securely. Tier1Asset (T1A) specializes in data erasure and secure handling of your end-of-use IT equipment.  Data erasure can take place either at Tier1 Asset’s own facility or within the premises of your company. With Tier1 Asset (T1A) you also benefit from data erasure as a separate service, but it can also be done as one product in a comprehensive IT package.

Thinking of deleting data yourself?

Many unfortunately believe that it is enough to format the hard disk or storage media to effectively delete the data. This is unfortunately not true. In practice it is relatively easy and inexpensive to recover data that has been “deleted” during formatting or by means of regular deletion from most operating systems’ delete functions.

It is often a major challenge for companies that hold sensitive data to dispose of obsolete IT equipment. Therefore it is crucial that you choose an IT partner who can ensure that sensitive business and personal data will be deleted properly.

We have many years of experience in data deletion and have developed special tools for the process. This experience is your guarantee of an effective process.

4 reasons why you should not delete data yourself

When deleting data yourself it is very important – both when acquiring and disposing of IT equipment – that you make sure the process is GDPR compliant. The GDPR regulation requires that data is deleted before IT equipment is disposed of. It specifically points out that formatting cannot be regarded as an effective deletion method. In fact, it is a bit of a challenge to ensure that the data is completely deleted. Many who delete data themselves are not aware of the following things:

The delete command only updates a table that tells the operating system that the file is deleted. The contents of the file still exist – but the typical user cannot see the data.
Regular overwriting with software does not guarantee that data is physically overwritten. A typical user cannot control when and where the data is stored on a medium, because the operating system stores data in temporary locations.
Even if a data medium is crushed, the data still remains accessible. It is possible, in whole or in part, to reconstruct the data located on a physically damaged storage medium.
Even using a standard magnet on the media is not enough to delete data – a very powerful magnetic field is required
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