Raising awareness of approved Information Destruction Standards at the House of Commons.

6th July 2009

 

 

The British Security Industry Association's Information Destruction Section had an audience with Nigel Evans MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Identity Fraud, at the House of Commons on the 30th June 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The section was able to ask questions on the impact of the Data Protection Act and the role of the Information Commissioner, and to voice concerns about the need for businesses to take the disposal of their confidential information in light of the economic downturn and the potential for Banks, insurance companies and institutions to reduce costs and security standards.

Russell Harris, BSIA Information Destruction Section Chairman, comments: 'Protecting confidential information is an essential practice for any business or public sector organisation. With an existing interest in identity fraud, Nigel Evans MP acknowledged this and was sympathetic to the need to destroy

confidential information effectively and securely.'

 

 

   

 

Chris Perry BSIA committee member commented; 'there were various standards available in the US, Europe and the UK, but the BS8470/European standards incorporate these into one approved document which tenders and policy makers should be looking to use when reviewing security procedures - as a matter of best practice.'

 

 

 

 

 

 

'The BSIA Information Destruction Section wishes to raise awareness at a Government level of the need for approved information destruction & recycling standards (BS8470) and for the Data Protection Act and the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 to be actively enforced. The visit to the House of Commons was a step forward in this and we intend to further engage with policy makers in Government and the business community to standardise and apply these British Standards (soon to become European Standards in August 2009).'

 

Further helpfull information;

Data Protection Act 1998 - Information Commissioners Office - Enforcement Cases

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 - Financial Service Authority - Financial Penalties
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