Rest assured ACE Recycling has your data security at the top of our list of priorities. We are consumers also. We also have hard drives at home and work and understand that sensitive data is on those devices. When ACE Recycling takes your electronic device it is never booted up. We never go into your operating system and quite frankly, we don’t want to. The industry ACE Recycling is in is called IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). This is an entire industry created around data security. More recently it has become central to the idea of a circular economy and is increasingly built around the idea of disposing of electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible way.
ACE Recycling Data Security Standards –
ACE Recycling adheres to Department of Defense and HIPAA standards for data erasure. The foundation of those standards is the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report Guidelines for Media Sanitization. According to the National Security Agency data wiped using these standards is “permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible”.
We process electronics in two ways. First, our IT experts determine if the device is re-marketable. As part of our commitment to a circular economy we want to refurbish anything we can. By reusing materials ACE Recycling is doing our part to reduce electronic waste and carbon emissions. It is estimated that by 2040 carbon emissions from the production of new electronics will reach 14% of the world’s total carbon emissions.
DATA WIPING/ERASURE –
If the device is re-marketable, data is erased using a software-based method of overwriting data with ones and zeros to destroy all electronic data on a hard disk drive, rendering it unrecoverable. One overwriting pass is considered to be sufficient for data erasure; however most programs use multiple passes. The number of passes has become unnecessary with the inclusion of a “verify pass”, that scans for verification of data removal. Complete data erasure destroys all data, including operating systems. Thus, the data on the hard drive is never accessed during the wiping process.
Data wiping offers an alternative to physical destruction, allowing the hard drive to be reused, reducing electronic waste and carbon emissions.
PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION –
If the device is not re-marketable, it is completely disassembled. Each component is then processed differently depending on what it is. Hard drives are physically destroyed or go through the wiping process described above. Wiping and physical destruction achieve the same outcome with regard to data protection. The main difference is the hard drive is taken out of the circular model when it is destroyed.
Want to see us destroy your hard drive? We can do that. Like we said, your security and privacy is our number one priority.