John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International
(ERI), the nation's leading recycler of electronic waste, has issued a
public statement classifying a stolen laptop containing the private
medical records of more than 100,000 patients as a lesson to be learned
by anyone with a computer.
The stolen laptop made headline news last week. More than 100,000
customers of a home monitoring company headquartered in Waltham, Mass.,
are now at risk of ID theft following the theft of the laptop, which
containing unencrypted data, according to news reports.
The laptop was stolen from an employee's car and included the full
names, Social Security numbers and diagnoses of customers of the
monitoring company, which provides disease health management solutions.
Shegerian warns that while this information is now at risk due to theft,
it also serves as a stark reminder of the importance for every business
and individual to protect their privacy and never simply throw computer
data in the trash.
"Although environmental protection is still the paramount concern when
it comes to the appropriate disposal of electronic waste," said
Shegerian, "a concurrent issue that needs to be addressed by all
governmental, corporate andUS citizens is data protection. While the
story in the news now concerns stolen data, it is crucially important to
remember that if data from the hard drives of intentionally disposed
consumer electronic devices is not properly shredded and destroyed,
personal data will continue to be breached. It's an issue that is
vitally important to the protection of our individual and corporate
privacy -- and even our Homeland and National Security can be put in
"At ERI," Shegerian continued, "we know how important this is and have
developed the world's most efficient shredding technology for the
destruction and recycling of e-waste."
For more information on recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com,
Now the largest privately held recycler of electronic waste in the
US, and the world's first dual-certified electronic waste recycler,
Fresno-headquartered Electronic Recyclers International is licensed to
de-manufacture and recycle televisions, computer monitors, computers and
other types of electronic equipment. ERI serves public sector
clients via GSA contract GS-10F-0051Y and processes more than 160
million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations in seven
states, including California, Washington, Colorado, Indiana,
Massachusetts, Texas and North Carolina. For more information
about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-884-8466 or visit http://www.electronicrecyclers.com.
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