Need to get rid of old computers?
IT equipment often contains personal information, so it's important to dispose of it safely.
You may want to consider:
- Creating an asset disposal strategy
- Risk assessing the disposal process
- Identifying the devices containing personal data
- Using a third party service provider
- Selecting an IT asset disposal company
- Drawing up a contract with the data processor
- Managing the asset disposal process and data processors
- Assigning an asset disposal champion
Download our IT asset disposal guidance (pdf)
Why do I need to dispose of IT equipment securely?
Serious data breaches can lead to serious financial penalties.
In June 2012 the ICO fined an NHS Trust £325,000 following a data breach affecting thousands of patients and staff after a number of unscrubbed hard drives containing sensitive personal data were sold on eBay.
|1 in 10 second hand hard drives sold online contain personal data, according to a YouGov survey carried out for the ICO.|
|65% of UK adults give their old phone, computer or laptop to another user once they no longer need it.|
"Appropriate technical and organisational measures must be taken to avoid accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data".
When disposing of old IT equipment you should: