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Out Of Use destroys data at the customer’s premises

Beringen firm Out Of Use, specialists in recycling and reusing old IT equipment, recently invested in the purchase of its own mobile shredder installation. With this new machine, the company can now visit its customers, including Agfa, on site to destroy electronic data carriers such as hard disks and data tapes.  

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018, was the reason for this investment. Out Of Use, established in 2009, decided to buy the mobile shredder after a recent survey of customers and prospects. This showed that a majority of respondents had no set procedure for data destruction. There was also great uncertainty about the actual destruction.

The GDPR requires every organisation to be able to demonstrate what personal information it collects and how these data are used and secured. Businesses must also have a security policy, with procedures for deleting data from equipment. That includes PCs, laptops, servers, copiers, printers, fax machines, PDAs, telephones, smartphones, tablets and digital cameras.

Out Of Use CEO Mark Adriaenssens: ‘Our team now goes on site with a mobile shredder or degausser to destroy tapes, hard disks, SSDs, mobile phones, USB sticks and the like, whether or not under the customer’s supervision.’

One of these customers is Agfa. ‘We recently had a huge quantity of old hardware destroyed,” explains Marc Scheerders, global data centres manager at Agfa. "Because we wanted to exclude any risk, we opted for data destruction in our data centre. The hard disks were crushed by the shredder into tiny fragments measuring no more than 300 square millimetres. and the data tapes were degaussed using a 10,000 Gauss magnetic field. Out Of Use spent a few days here on site, so we could witness the destruction. The serial numbers were recorded so that they could be mentioned on the destruction certificate. That always gives us valid proof that the data has been destroyed.’

(Source:, 14/12/2017)