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Law Gives New Jersey Businesses Choice on Hard Drive Destruction

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Jan. 28, 2016

On January 11, 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law removing the state’s restriction on mobile hard drive shredding thereby providing the region’s businesses more options by which to meet their data protection requirements.

The state’s actions mark the culmination of a one year campaign to remove what many considered an arbitrary limitation.

“We were first approached by Guardian Data Destruction, a New Jersey-based NAID member who had already had done considerable groundwork on the initiative,” said NAID CEO Bob Johnson. “When Guardian made us aware of the opportunity for meaningful change, there was already considerable momentum behind it.”

According to Dag Adamson, Founder of Lifespan, a U.S. and Canadian IT asset disposition/data destruction services provider, and leader of the NAID Task Force assigned to direct the initiative, New Jersey businesses are the ultimate beneficiary.

“NAID applauds the actions of the New Jersey lawmakers in providing their constituents with more discretion in deciding what hard drive destruction solution is best for them,” said Adamson. “As a result, they now have more than 20 mobile data destruction service providers to choose from, where before they had only a few.”

Adamson also credits the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) for their work on the project.

“The CIANJ did a brilliant job of conveying the appropriate issues to the lawmakers,” said Adamson. “Anyone who has dealt with these issues knows they are difficult to navigate. The CIANJ team, led by Anthony Russo, did a great job guiding the initiative through those challenges.”

The new law does require service providers to be NAID AAA Certified, which was included at the insistence of lawmakers to validate certain vendor qualifications. There are currently an estimated 24 service providers capable of providing NAID Certified mobile destruction of hard drives to New Jersey customers.

NAID is currently working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to provide an efficient method for field investigators to validate service provider qualifications. More information will be provided on that as it becomes available.

Click here to read PL 2015, c. 188 in its entirety.