16 Nov Restaurant owners: Do you have the recipe for keeping your customer data secure?
keeping your customer data secure when you’re coming up to the busiest time of your year, it can be easy to spend all your time dealing with urgent things.
For many restaurant owners juggling multiple bookings, deliveries, VAT, and staff issues, dealing with confidential waste is probably not uppermost in their minds.
Yet, a data breach from confidential waste could hit your business badly.
It could damage your reputation and cost you dearly in fines imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
So, it is time to be aware of the threat from dealing with confidential waste poorly.
As restaurant owners, you need to deal with:
- Booking details – with numbers, names, and sometimes the addresses of customers
- Payment slips with names and bank card details on them
- Staff records and rotas, often with mobile phone numbers attached for emergency call-outs or as contact details
Whether your bookings are made on paper or computerised, that information will be in your system somewhere.
So, you’ll need systems to deal with confidential paper waste and old computers or USB sticks.
Wouldn’t it be great if those systems didn’t involve your staff spending hours of their precious time shredding paper?
Maybe now’s the time to consider outsourcing your confidential waste destruction.
Is your restaurant ready for GDPR?
In May 2018, stringent new rules come into force under the General Data Protection Regulations.
You’ll have to declare a data controller and explain who your data processors are. You’ll need to show how you’re caring for your customer, supplier and employee data. If there is a breach, taking this seriously and having systems in place will help reduce the penalties which businesses face.
Under GDPR, organisations where there are serious data breaches could face being fined up to 4% of their worldwide turn-over. Businesses going under because of data breaches becomes more likely.
Having a company policy in place becomes vital under the new system. That policy will need to address how you deal with your company’s confidential waste.
Outsourcing your shredding to a reputable South Wales company which will give you certificates of destruction and has vetted staff will be one important way you show how you’re protecting the data your company holds.
Choosing a company which covers all your basics – from shredding waste paper and old uniforms to shredding old hard drives, CDs, image cards, and USB sticks – also means you can shred all the media which may hold confidential data.
Why you should choose Taclus Confidential – a South Wales secure shredding company
We offer confidential paper waste and hard drive destruction services at affordable prices.
Taclus Confidential holds the accreditations for ISO 9001:2015 for quality management and ISO14001:2015 for environmental management, and has been certified by independent auditors IQS for both.
Taclus has also been selected as the confidential waste management partner for Keep Wales Tidy.
Are you looking for an affordable and secure shredding service in South Wales? If you need advice on dealing with the secure destruction of confidential waste, call our friendly and efficient team on 02920 676 714, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.