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Destruction and Disposal of Hard Drives, ICT Equipment, Media & Sensitive Electronics.

Shredding & Destruction - On-site and Off-site Services.

Data Eliminate provides secure decommissioning, disposal and recycling services for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE).

The assets covered by these services include:

Hard Drives Solid State Devices Telecommunications
Handheld Devices Data Tapes Electronic Payment Devices
Servers Access Control Systems Tablet Computers
Network Switches & Routers CCTV &Surveillance Electronics Military Electronics
Communications Systems Forensics Equipment Guidance Systems
Crime Scene Evidence Cryptographic Equipment Command & Control

We will decommission anything from a single hard drive or small part of a helicopter to a data centre or storage facility. This includes both data-bearing and non data-bearing components.

Download our High Security Shredding, Destruction and Disposal Brochure.

We offer these services at the customer’s own premises using our mobile inventory cataloguing and destruction capability which enables all work to take place within your own security perimeter under the supervision of your own staff. Alternatively, we provide a fully auditable disposal and recycling process at our own facility which incorporates detailed reporting on every item received, a method statement and the final outcome for each asset.

Data Eliminate is one of only a handful of secure disposal companies in the UK to be approved by the Ministry of Defence Equipment & Support Services (DE&S). We are the only one with a shredding and disposal facility in Central London.

We offer One-Off (Single Job) Data Destruction Services or Annual Destruction Contracts covering the shredding, degaussing, crushing and software overwriting of electronic media from hard drives, data tapes to mobile devices. We remove eclectronic waste (WEEE) from site and provide recycling and reburbishment services.

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Sensitive information is securely destroyed and the risks presented by data disposal are removed.

We have robust, UKAS audited data destruction procedures. All destruction and shredding services are certified to ISO 27001: 2005 (The International Information Security Standard), ISO 9001 (The Quality Standard) and ISO 14001 (The Environmental Standard)

CESG Certified Destruction LogoCertain secure disposal services can be purchased directly from the internal MOD P2P and the ICS Catalogue.

We are specialists in CESG & MOD Approved Hard Drive & Media Shredding, Data Disposal and Secure Shredding.


Benefits of Data Destruction and Disposal Via Shredding

What are the compelling reasons to choose us as your Data Destruction and HDD Disposal?

data destructionAVOID ADVERSE PUBLICITY - reduce the risks of legal, financial and Public Relations disasters in disposing of hard drives which could arise from a data security incident.

AVOID FINES & SIMPLIFY COMPLIANCE with UK, EU and international regulations on privacy, data protection and data disposal.

RECYCLE RESPONSIBLY- we offer service options that ensure your IT equipment is dissembled and disposed of correctly. Some can be re-used by charities and good causes.

ENJOY PEACE OF MIND by reassuring customers, staff, other stakeholders and yourself that you are serious about the shredding of HDDs and secure data disposal.


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BBC Newnight Team, Investigating Snowden, Seeks Advice on Hard Disk Destruction

Posted on December 2nd, 2013

Newsnight Producer Nick Menzies recently contacted Data Eliminate while the programme was investigating the destruction of computer hard drives by the security services in the basement of the London IT Disposal [...]

Hard Drive Shredding – ADS Leads by Example

Posted on December 1st, 2013

Secure data destruction provider, Data Eliminate Ltd, has been drafted-in by ADS, the trade association for the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries, to destroy confidential data held on IT Disposal [...]

Security Shredding and Alternatives for HDD and Electronic Media

Posted on September 28th, 2013

Secure Removal of Data and Mobile on-Site Destruction Every organisation whether public or private sector has responsibilities to the Data Protection Act.  All organisations must ensure that data does IT Disposal [...]

SEAP Degaussing Data Destruction Standard – Clarification

Posted on April 16th, 2012

We have had a number of queries from customers about the SEAP 8500 (Security Equipment Assessment Panel) Degaussing Standard which is referred to in certain documents – official UK Government, NATO and IT Disposal [...]

Secure IT Reycling & Data Destruction Service in Green Award Finals

Posted on March 12th, 2012

The New London Walk In Data Destruction Centre based in Transport Zone 1 has reached the final of the Green IT Awards. The Data Destruction Centre enables Government Departments, City of London firms IT Disposal [...]

Secure Destruction Element of New Excelguard Service to be Provided by Data Eliminate

Posted on February 15th, 2012

Excelguard is a new, innovative offering combining services and leading security suppliers, that provides a holistic approach to data protection. The approach combines data discovery and audit from PixAlert; IT Disposal [...]

Data Destruction Company Nominated for Green IT Award

Posted on February 7th, 2012

Data Eliminate has been nominated for a Green IT Award by one of its customers. Dilitas, the Risk and Security Management experts, recently made use of Data Eliminate's Central London Walk-In Data Destruction IT Disposal [...]

InfoSec: Fraser Will Argue that Technology Should Take a Back Seat

Posted on January 23rd, 2012

Julian Fraser will argue that technology, standards and compliance should all take a back seat when it comes to advancing the Information Security message to businesses and the public at large. According IT Disposal [...]

Julian Fraser Speaking at Home Office Security Conference

Posted on January 16th, 2012

Data Eliminate Director, Julian Fraser, will be participating as a panel expert at the Information Exploitation Event at Security and Policing 2012 at Farnborough, Hants on January 31st January 2012. The IT Disposal [...]

Julian Fraser – Data Destruction on ITV’s London Tonight

Posted on November 5th, 2011

ITV's London Tonight featured a news story on Cabinet member Vince Cable on Friday 4th November. The Twickenham MP was exposed for leaving confidential papers in plastic recycling sacks outside his constituency IT Disposal [...]




Preventing Your Hard Discs and Back-Up
Tapes Becoming a Data Disposal Liability

We don’t expect to be kidnapped or die in a shredding machine. In the same way, as companies or individuals, we also don’t expect to see our old hard disk up for sale on eBay or at a second hand computer fair, when it still contains confidential information about us,  our company or its customers.   However, a recent international study has shown that this is more likely to happen to our HDDs than one would think.

Confidential Data Destruction

BT teamed up with the University of Glamorgan to conduct some research into the destruction of data. 

300 hard drives were bought at computer fairs or via web stores and disposal auctions in the UK, Germany, France, United States and Australia. The confidential data on them was then examined.  Between 35-40% of the hard disks held commercially sensitive data and should have been shredded.  These included HDDs holding NHS patient records and intellectual property.  One hard drive disposed of by a US source contained launch codes from a missile system!

a shredded hddMany companies outsource the disposal of hard disks and their destruction.  Some of the hard disks which were part of the survey and handled by an external supplier were found to contain data from the Lanarkshire NHS.    The disks were not properly erased or shredded by the external supplier.  After learning of the data disposal survey results, the hospital concerned now does its secure destruction in house. This story clearly reveals a vulnerability in the destruction procedures of the external supplier.  However, it also points to clear failings in the data disposal strategy of the hospital.  

Secure Shredding

In the first instance, the obvious move is to choose an accredited supplier with proper HDD shredding capability.  The CCT Mark secure disposal scheme run by CESG, part of Cheltenham GCHQ, is the most obvious example of this.

computer hard driveThe second action point is to make sure that the internal person ordering the data destruction services is sufficiently responsible or senior and has a basic understanding of the risks involved in HDD disposal.  At Data Eliminate, we find so many cases where a very junior member of staff is charged with the job of disposing of old hard discs and media.  In these cases, the appointed person’s number one priority is too often to dispose of the disks and get them off his or her desk.

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The crucial thing to remember here is that it’s people who represent the biggest security threat through dishonesty, lack of education or sloppiness– not computers or hard discs..  So the most obvious risks come into play when you destroy the hard drives off-site as opposed to shredding on-site.  With on-site destruction, as the customer you can witness the shredding or destruction process and be sure it is completed to your satisfaction. 

With off-site destruction, you are at the mercy of the chain of custody between the collection from your premises and the final place of destruction.  Does your data destruction supplier vet their staff and offer other security measures to reduce the chance of the pilfering of a disk or data tape?  A simple security measure, in the case of off- site destruction, might be for the service provider to call and confirm that the quantity of items that are about to be processed at the destruction facility, is the same as the quantity handed to their driver.  In many cases, sealed security containers may also be used for this purpose.

Data Disposal Policy

A simple way in which you can begin to protect yourself is by having a data classification system in place. This involves labeling documents, files, IT equipment and other items according the value of the data held on them.   HMG Government uses a protective marking scheme which provides a good example.  There are six ‘impact levels’ within the government protective marking system.  Level 1 is ‘HMG Unclassified’, Level 2 is ‘HMG Protect’, Level 3 is ‘HMG Restricted’, Level 4 is ‘HMG Confidential’, Level 5 is ‘HMG Secret’ and Level 6 is ‘HMG Top Secret’.  Different policies exist for the daily treatment and final destruction of data from paper to hard drives and data tapes according to its level of security classification or the ‘impact’ a leak of the information might have. Obviously, Level 6 information might comprise NATO’s battle plans and will receive more protection than medical records (as in the case above) which might be Level 2 ‘Protect’.

These are three of the most straightforward steps  organisations can take to protect themselves from an incident of data loss relating to used hard disks and computer media.

For further information on our data destruction service, please call 0845-1234-400 or complete our enquiry form. For brief details see our postcard flyer on Government Certified Secure Hard Drive Destruction.



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