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NAID to challenge NJ hard drive destruction restriction

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March 25, 2015

The NAID Board of Directors has decided the association will challenge a regulation limiting the options available to New Jersey organizations for destroying obsolete hard drives. New Jersey is the only state in the United States that requires a state-level environmental license to shred hard drives. Many stakeholders, including NAID, have determined the state’s position on this is arbitrary and unnecessarily restrictive.

For financial and health care organizations that favor onsite destruction of hard drives, this requirement puts personally identifiable information at risk. NAID will add its support and resources to an existing initiative already started by New York-based member Guardian Data Destruction.

“We were happy to fight this battle on our own,” said Glenn Laga, Guardian’s founder and CEO. “But we’re obviously delighted to get the rest of the industry involved. NAID’s credibility and strength will help immensely.”

“The toughest thing about such initiatives is developing an effective strategy,” said NAID President Steve Richards, CSDS. “When we learned that Guardian had defined such a strategy, the board did not hesitate in throwing its support and resources behind it.

Dag Adamson, CEO of international IT asset management firm LifeSpan, will be leading the project for NAID. Adamson and Laga will be joined on the task force by Angie Singer Keating from Reclamere, Inc., in Tyrone, Pennsylvania; Don Adriaansen, CSDS, from TITAN Mobile Shredding in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; and Bob Haskins from Gigabiter, Inc., in Norristown, Pennsylvania.