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Government Regulations / State and Federal Privacy Laws

The federal and state governments have enacted a number of laws to protect the privacy and confidentiality of client information. Failure to insure proper and reliable document disposal could subject a business to substantial penalties, including fines, civil damages, or even criminal liability.

Following are only some of the relevant laws impacting document destruction practices:

The Shredding Law – 1999 Wisconsin Act 9.

This law covers the method of destroying personal information of clients.  All medical business, tax preparation business and financial institutions may not dispose of records containing an individual’s personal information unless the information is unreadable.  This can be accomplished by shredding, erasing, modifying the record in some way to make it unreadable, or takes action to guarantee no unauthorized person has contact with information through the destruction of the information. More…

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

This Act covers the financial industry (e.g. insurance, banks, mortgage, and securities companies, etc.). These institutions must insure the security and confidentiality of their customers’ personal information and they must protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to such information and unauthorized access or use of the information. More…

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

This law protects the privacy of patient health records by imposing limitations on the use and disclosure of these records by health care providers (hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, doctors, etc.), health care insurance plans, health care billing services, and many companies doing business with one of these entities. More…

Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)

Many of this laws provisions are being phased in and regulations are still being written for some. This law is designed to help the victim of identity theft. It contains a number of rules designed to combat consumer fraud, identity theft and similar crimes. More…

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