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£185,000 penalty after filing cabinet containing details of terrorist incident sold at auction.

A Government department has been fined after a filing cabinet that contained personal information relating to victims of a terrorist incident was sold at an auction.

The files included in the cabinet contained information about the injuries suffered, family details and the amount of compensation offered, as well as confidential ministerial advice.

After an ICO investigation, a civil monetary penalty of £185,000 was issued to Department of Justice Northern Ireland (DoJ NI) for what was described as a very serious data breach.

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Barnsley 1st bulk paper shipment

The first bulk shipment, 25 tonnes of high quality shredded paper, has just been collected by the paper mill. This saves an estimated 350 trees.
When the plant is running at full capacity we will recycle the equivalent of 800 trees every month.

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Industrial Espionage can happen to the largest and smallest companies, the impact is always the same, lost revenues and damaged corporate identity.

Industrial espionage is rife. Newspaper headlines are often filled with tales of disgruntled employees that have been accused of selling company secrets to rival businesses, and there seems to be no end to the lengths that some people are willing to go to in order to steal company data.

How serious is it? The financial cost of such actions could run into millions of pounds each year in lost sales for businesses. Many global brands have already fallen victim to industrial espionage, including Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Google, Renault, Motorola, Intel, and General Electric, and more will surely follow.

If these examples prove anything, it is that you cannot afford to take chances with your data. The more control you have over company documents the better, and when the time comes to dispose of sensitive materials, you need to do it right.

Whether you engage with SITR for our on-site shredding or off-site shredding services, our secure documentation recycling services are designed to meet the needs of all sizes of corporate clients throughout the UK.

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Is the Used Computer Market Going Away?

“Has your company considered purchasing refurbished PC’s, but are tempted by the falling prices of newer IT equipment?”

You may wonder just why you should consider buying refurbished instead of a shiny new model. SITR’s “IT Revive” program want to highlight a few facts on the used, or “refurbished,” marketplace as well as some of the trends that address the viability of the refurbished computer market.

The IT Revive Program has for a long time been fervent advocates for refurbished PCs. They’re low-cost; they work well for most purposes; and there’s a compelling environmental case for electronics reuse. Three to five year-old computers are fast, powerful and adaptable enough to meet the needs of organisations and individuals who need them. It is roughly 25 times more environmentally beneficial to extend the life of used; three-to-five year-old computers than it is to end-of-life recycle them at that age.

Obviously, not every computer can be salvaged, and your organisation shouldn’t accept just any used computer for the sake of environmental responsibility. Yet, for many purposes, refurbished equipment presents organisations such as libraries and low-income families with a lower-cost alternative to new equipment; one that will do nearly everything that a new computer can do.

As the price of new computers continues to fall, will they at some point be just as or more affordable than used equipment? While it is true that the price of new computers has decreased over the years, refurbished equipment remains a more affordable option. IT Revives Refurbished Computer Initiative, for example, has been tracking the price of refurbished computers for the past few years. During this time, we have found that the price of three-year-old computer has fluctuated between one-half to one-third of that of new computer. In most cases, our machines are more than a third of the price of new models, and perform the essential functions that are required, including the need of web browsing, email, office applications, social networking and accounting.


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SITR Computer recycling

SITR the UK’s leading commercial document & computer recycling solutions provider continue to make significant advances in the services being offered to their current and new clients. With nationwide coverage, SITR has the ability to offer the highest possible service level agreements in the industry to a range of customers including the private, government and the education sectors.

Delivering key services in WEEE recycling & data destruction, SITR lead the way in both on site paper and computer related destruction and recycling services.

SITR’s commitment to re-investment ensures that as an organisation they will continue to grow, their most important systems update is now live and means that SITR can offer a real partnership solution, a true cradle to grave service to all of their customers. This is a significant point in time for SITR and will ensure that as an organisation that they continue to be an industry leader.

SITR Business solutions, the most comprehensive lifecycle management solution is designed to fit our clients specific needs and requirements, it’s be-spoke customisation tool delivers specific services from simple day to day asset management through to our premium ‘CTG’ service.

A key component to any successful service is the ability to deliver a comprehensive reporting system that delivers accurate live information including file attached purchased orders, ‘moves and changes’, upgrades and disposal/recycling and much, much more.

For more information on SITR business solutions market leading services, contact us here

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