Document destruction usually by shredding is an industrial process used to destroy sensitive documents by usually cross cutting into unreadable small pieces. There are two main reasons why document shredding is important: to prevent breaching the Data Protection Act and to correctly dispose of confidential information or data. Document shredders can range in size from a small electric machines to a large industrial units.

Identify theft is a multibillion pornd industry that is often connected to organised crime. Specialised equipment, infrastructure and skills are necessary to create fake identification. One or two pieces of personal information from carelessly disposed confidential information are all that is required to steal your identity.

Banks, hospitals, solicitors, accountants and financial companies are all well-known sources of confidential information that must be shredded to preserve client confidentiality. However, the responsibility for managing the disposal of confidential documents is a high priority in all industries. Shareholders, investors and internal staff are all motivated to obtain access to confidential information. A systematic document shredding process has become a standard part of file management programs in many large companies.

Any firm that provides a service where there is an expectation of privacy is legally required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that privacy is always protected. When confidential information needs to be disposed of, the most secure method is the complete destruction of the document. Document shredding allows firms to quickly and efficiently destroy sensitive documents. Once documents have been totally shredded, they can be recycled with no risk to the company.