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IT disposal causing headaches for many businesses

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Most IT directors in the UK expect senior management to focus more on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria, as well as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) over the next two years. Given that their policies are seldom robust, IT directors are worried about possible damages to their organizations’ reputations, as a result of mistreatment of dead IT gear.

DSA Connect, a company that specializes in the permanent deletion and destruction of electronic data, recently polled 100 IT directors and found that just a quarter consider their policies robust, while 12 percent see them as “poor”.

IT directors worry about the consequences of poor policies; mostly about IT gear ending up in waste sites located in developing countries. To tackle the issue, they are considering donating outdated equipment to schools, or to other social causes.

“Equipment should be disposed of in a way which is environmentally responsible but just as importantly there are issues around governance and commitment to local communities which should also be taken into consideration,” explained Harry Benham, Chairman of DSA Connect said.

“It is concerning that just one in four believe they have very robust policies to address these issues.”

Improperly deleting data and disposing of hardware can result in a data breach, should someone manage to extract sensitive data from a discarded device. This could have GDPR ramifications, something DSA Connect has long warned about.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.