The US Government Isn’t Following Data Protection Standards
Data protection and privacy statutes are designed to protect Americans. The Federal Information Security Management Act is meant to protect U.S. residents from cyber threats. There are also state laws designed to protect the residents of that specific state. These laws are designed to keep vital information like your Social Security number, financial information, health […]
As More than 40 E-Scrap Recyclers Face Glass-Stockpiling Lawsuits, ERI Customers Breathe Easy
Glass has always been a challenge in the world of electronic recycling. Because CRT glass contains lead and is expensive and difficult to clean and process, many processors over the year have taken the easy – and some would say unethical – way out and not processed it at all. ERI has always taken the high […]
Will The United States Adopt A National Privacy Law?
Privacy is so essential, yet it seems that there’s a lack of enforcement. Look at the huge data breach of Equifax in 2017. More than 148 million people’s personal information was exposed in that breach. Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license information, credit card numbers, and phone numbers were part of this breach. A […]
Why ITAD Is Essential To Properly Managing E-waste
Information Technology and Electronics Asset Disposition (ITAD) is an important step in protecting data on outdated electronic devices. Technology changes constantly and outgrows its usefulness. Rather than have tons of obsolete or outdated electronics end up in landfills, electronics recycling and e-waste companies like ERI Direct recycle or give new life to this e-waste.Why Recycle […]
5 Unconventional Electronics Protected by HIPAA
By 2006, every small or large healthcare company – doctors to insurance companies – had to come into compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). One of the important functions of HIPAA is to protect all of a patient’s sensitive health information.To do this, patients have to sign paperwork allowing […]
The World’s Worst Electronic Waste Offenders
Stop and think about countries you would name as having the biggest problem with waste. A 2018 Forbes article brought attention to the fact that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are responsible for the highest amounts of plastic waste getting dumped in the ocean. The Citarum River in Indonesia is known as being […]
Why The Circular Economy Model Is The Only Solution For E-waste
Here are some staggering facts. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes more than 2.3 million tons of electronics were tossed in 2009. Only a quarter of that 2.3 tons was actually recycled. Most ended up in trash bags where it was hauled to landfills. According to the Global E-waste Monitor, about 44.7 million […]
POS Upgrades: What Retail Stores Should Do With Outdated Equipment
Is retail the leader in data breaches? People mistakenly think it is. The truth is financial institutions, healthcare, and government agencies are where most breaches occur. However, retail is in the top 10. The problems are numerous. Retailers may not realize they need powerful firewalls and point-to-point encryption when transmitting credit and debit card details.Think […]
Wiping vs. Degaussing vs. Shredding – What’s the Difference?
When a laptop, smartphone, printer, or other device is past its prime, what happens to it? Tossing electronics into the trash is no longer accepted. States have laws that require electronics recycling. What if those devices store personal information like passwords, account numbers, and other sensitive data. You don’t want that information falling into the […]
Who is Responsible When a Data Breach Occurs?
The Identity Theft Resource Center revealed 1,244 breaches occurred during 2018. While that was lower than the breaches that occurred in 2017, the number of records exposed in those breaches was over 446.5 million. That’s more than double the exposures from 2017.The breaches in 2018 hit the business sector the hardest. Marriott International saw the […]