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Home » Resources » U.S. State-Specific Data Disposal Laws
Organizations often collect personally identifiable information (PII) on their prospects and customers for contact, billing and other purposes. This information must be kept confidential at all costs. If this sensitive data is exposed via a breach, it could negatively impact both a business’ reputation and its finances, depending on the federal, state and local regulations it must abide by.
Financial and healthcare companies are just two examples of sectors with strict instructions to protect individuals’ privacy. To-date, there are over 32 states with some type of data disposal regulations for paper and digital data, with 31 of those laws addressing digital data specifically (Arizona’s data disposal law only applies to paper records). Here’s a breakdown of how each of these states approaches data disposal, along with information about whether government organizations and/or private businesses are affected.
Governments, industry organizations, and standards bodies around the world have created a range of guidelines for securely eliminating data from data storage assets like drives and computers. Here’s a summary of them, including NIST Clear…