Data security is an integral part of recycling electronics. Federal regulations have increased governments’ and businesses’ need to properly dispose of confidential data when retiring end-of-life equipment. P4C Global strictly adheres to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Depart of Commerce for the handling of Information Security. Regulations have been developed by NIST to further its statutory responsibilities under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Public Law (P.L.) 107-347. NIST is responsible for developing information security standards and guidelines, including minimum requirements for federal information systems.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"), Sarbanes-Oxley, the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"), and the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act ("GLBA") mandate the proper treatment of such sensitive information including its destruction and recycling.
These regulations have increased governments' and businesses' need to properly dispose of confidential data when retiring end-of-life equipment. P4C's R2 certification ensures that the company’s data scrubbing is audited by a third party to verify that processes are in compliance. Accordingly, all materials assessed in triage which contain stored data and are potentially reusable go through a data sanitizing process to remove all information.
When a device is collected by P4C, it is assessed to determine if it can be refurbished, recycled for parts or if it needs to be destroyed. For items that can be refurbished or used for parts, P4C wipes these devices in accordance with Department of Defense standards, ensuring 100 percent of data is destroyed. The item is then either refurbished or broken down for parts, which are then used to repair other electronic devices.
If the phone will not produce or maintain power, or the LCD is not functioning then the phone is designated for secure destruction. Additionally, a strict triage and inventory control process allows the Company to track customers’ assets from the time of pick up through their final disposition.
If an item is deemed obsolete, P4C first removes any harmful or toxic items, such as batteries, bulbs and mercury and then destroys device. During the destruction process, devices are broken down into raw commodities, which are then sorted and recycled through downstream partners. Additionally, a strict triage and inventory control process allows the company to track customers’ assets from the time of pick up through their final disposition.