NAID to Challenge NJ Hard Drive Destruction Restriction

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NAID will challenge a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regulation. This regulation limits the options available to organizations for destroying obsolete hard drives containing personally identifiable information.

The state’s position on this issue is unnecessarily restrictive.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) will challenge a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulation. This regulation limits the options available to organizations for destroying obsolete hard drives containing personally identifiable information (PII).

New Jersey is the only state in the United States that requires a state-level environmental license to shred hard drives. Many stakeholders, including NAID, believe the state’s position on this issue is unnecessarily restrictive. For many financial and health care organizations that need onsite destruction of hard drives, this requirement interferes with their policies for media destruction of PII. In taking this position, NAID will add its support and resources to an existing initiative already started by New York-based, member company Guardian Data Destruction.

“We were happy to fight this battle on our own,” said Glenn Laga, Guardian’s founder and CEO. “But we’re obviously delighted to get the rest of the industry involved. Advocating for customers and members is a prime example of the association’s value to the industry.”

“The toughest thing about such initiatives is developing an effective strategy,” said NAID President Steve Richards, CSDS, from Richards & Richards in Nashville, Tennessee. “When we learned that Guardian had defined such a strategy, the board did not hesitate in adding the association’s support and resources behind it.”

Dag Adamson, president of international IT asset management firm LifeSpan, will be leading the project for NAID. Adamson and Laga will be joined on the task force by Angie Singer Keating from Reclamere, Inc., in Tyrone, Pennsylvania; Don Adriaansen, CSDS, from TITAN Mobile Shredding in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Bob Haskins from Gigabiter, Inc., in Norristown, Pennsylvania; and Dave Beal from EPC, Inc., in St. Charles, Missouri.

About NAID: NAID is a non-profit trade association of the secure destruction industry, currently representing over 1,900 member locations globally. NAID’s mission is to promote the proper destruction of discarded information and to encourage the outsourcing of destruction needs to qualified contractors.

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