Learning about the document shredding industry is important for businesses and consumers alike. The more informed each of us is the more prepared we are when it comes to preventing identity theft or fraud. The majority of American’s don’t understand what our rights to privacy are and that is exactly why Sustainable Services created this page.
Our goal is to ensure that all of our customers are in compliance with all applicable security and privacy laws. At no extra cost, we assist our customers in creating and implementing information security policies and procedures and offer employee training on proper disposal of protected and confidential information.
Compliance and Resources
Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)
FACTA is the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act. It is a federal law that applies to every business in Texas and Arkansas It was created to help reduce or completely eliminate the risk of fraud and identity theft. Any business that improperly disposes of information that contains confidential information could be subject to some extremely hefty fines of up to $2500 per file.
To learn more, visit this link: https://www.privacyrights.org/facts-facta-fair-and-accurate-credit-transactions-act
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Every hospital, clinic, dental office or healthcare provider that stores patient information must comply with this act. The purpose is to help keep patient records confidential when they are being stored and to ensure they are destroyed when no longer needed.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HIPAAGenInfo/
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act is mostly designed for banks and financial institutions in Texas and Arkansas but it also applies to any business or company that handles and stores customer information. The purpose of this act is to protect consumer financial information and penalize any business or bank that fails to do so.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security/gramm-leach-bliley-act
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is also known by two other names: The Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act and The Corporate Auditing Accountability and Responsibility Act. It is a federal law that was designed to protect shareholders and the general public from fraudulent practices and accounting errors. Best practices indicate that all business records most be securely stored and sets requirements for the retention periods of certain documents.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.soxlaw.com/
Economic Espionage Act (EEA)
The Economic Espionage Act was created by Congress to address misappropriation of trade secrets and to make failure to follow the act a federal crime. Parts of this law should be considered a critical part of your disposal process.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.economicespionage.com/EEA.html
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act was created to protect the information of students attending schools in Texas and Arkansas. This act applies to every school that receives funding from the Department of Education. In short, it is a federal law that was designed to protect the privacy of students and their education records.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
The Privacy Act of 1974
The Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that was created for all government institutions in both Texas and Arkansas. This act was designed to protect confidential information of a business or person that is stored and eventually shred.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.ftc.gov/foia/privacy_act.shtm
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID)
NAID establishes industry standards in regards to the secure destruction of paper, micro media and computer hard drives. As a NAID member, all procedures put in place by Sustainable Services are completed in a manner that reflects details under NAID standards.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.naidonline.org/
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
BBB offers specific details on business reliability, fraud alerts, ethical business procedures and intermediary services.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.bbb.org/
Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)
The ITRC conducts training and presentations on smart practices and risk reduction for both companies and consumers.
To learn more, visit this link: http://www.idtheftcenter.org/