Citing Neiman Marcus, the latest major retailer to suffer from a
headline-getting consumer data security breach, John
Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic
Recyclers International (ERI), the nation's leading recycler of
electronic waste, has issued a public statement warning retailers and
consumers alike to take extra precautions to protect their private
digital data and records in this age of increased identity theft.
Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus reported this week that thieving hackers
had stolen some of its customers' payment card information and made
unauthorized charges over the holiday season. This was only the most
recent of several high profile cyber attacks on retailers recently.
Shegerian applauded Neiman Marcus and other victimized retailers for
being swift and forthcoming in alerting customers to the problems but
warns that it is only one layer of protection against identity thieves.
He stressed that in an age where virtually everyone has private or
personal inforation on their computers, it is critical for our
government, businesses and individuals to protect themselves by simply
not throwing their computer data in the trash.
"This is also yet another stern reminder about how important it is that
in this digital age we as consumers protect our private information on
all our electronic devices as well," said Shegerian. "With current
technological innovations there is very fast turnover when it comes to
business and private computers, laptops, cell phones, and other consumer
electronic devices. Proper destruction of private digital data has
become a significantly important issue that needs to be addressed by all
governmental, corporate and US citizens.
"For example, if data from the hard drives of disposed consumer
electronic devices is not properly shredded and destroyed, personal
information can easily be breached by identity thieves and our Homeland
and National Security can even be put in senseless jeopardy," he added.
"At ERI, we know how important this is and have developed the world's
most efficient shredding technology for the destruction and recycling of
e-waste. Neiman Marcus' current troubles with cyber-thieves serve as yet
another powerful example of why the appropriate disposition of
electronic waste needs to be addressed now on a national level."
For more information on recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com,
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the world's largest privately
held recycler of electronic waste, is R2 and e-Stewards certified to
de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an
environmentally friendly manner. ERI processes more than 275 million
pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations serving every zip
code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling
and ERI, call 1-800-884-8466 or visit www.electronicrecyclers.com.
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