Data Security

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). Data security is the focus of the ITAD industry. More recently, it has become central to the idea of a circular economy. Equally important, the industry has become focused on disposing of electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible way.

ACE Recycling Data Security Standards

ACE Recycling adheres to the data destruction standards set in the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report Guidelines for Media Sanitization 800.88. We use a one-pass overwrite with complete disk verification, completed using the latest version of Active@ KillDisk. According to the National Security Agency, data wiped using these standards is “permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible.” In addition to the software verifying the sufficient wipe of your data, we check ourselves. ACE Recycling takes a random sampling of the devices that have gone through the sanitization process. This tiered system ensures data security, giving our customers peace of mind while keeping the device in circulation.

ACE Recycling Certified Data Destruction

As part of our commitment to a circular economy, we want to refurbish anything we can. By reusing materials, ACE Recycling is doing its 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.  Reusing material reduces the amount of raw materials that need to be extracted from the Earth to create new electronics. Over time, this will reduce the cost of these electronics and will lessen the damage caused to the land, water, and air by extraction, production, and shipping.  To that end, working hard drives are wiped.  Any hard drives that fail are physically destroyed.  ACE Recycling can provide a serialized list of erased hard drives upon request.  This service is provided to all customers at no cost.

DATA WIPING/ERASURE

ACE overwrites data using a one-pass overwrite with complete disk verification, completed using the latest version of Active@ KillDisk. This destroys all electronic information on a hard disk drive, rendering it unrecoverable.  Complete data erasure destroys all data, including operating systems. Thus, during the wiping process, data on the hard drive is never accessed.

Data wiping offers an alternative to physical destruction, allowing the hard drive to remain in circulation, reducing electronic waste and carbon emissions.  More detailed information on wiping.

PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION

Hard drives that fail at any step of the data wiping process, are obsolete, or have mechanical failures are physically destroyed.  Wiping and physical destruction achieve the same outcome concerning data protection. The only difference is a destroyed hard drive is no longer part of the circular economy.  When a hard drive cannot be reused it is destroyed by punching a hole through the spinning disk within the drive.  From there it is recycled to extract the rare earth metals contained within the magnet.