Who Owns Liability When You Recycle Electronics?

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There’s a reason why so many companies sit on electronics for what seems like forever. It’s not because they are lazy, or because that electronics locker looks really good filled with disused computers, networking equipment, and who knows what else. It’s because of liability. Who owns liability when you recycle electronics? Not all e-recycling locations are the same, but at Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, we contractually own liability. Let’s explore what that means and why it’s important.

Why Do You Want to Avoid Liability?

Avoiding liability sounds like a negative thing, but in this case, it’s not. If you loan a car to someone, and they commit a crime, then you may have at least some liability for the crime. We’re sure you don’t want that. Now imagine we apply that idea to your e-recycling, except instead of a crime, it’s negligence.

Say you find an e-recycler who will take all your old electronics off your hands including the ones that have precious data. You’re assured everything will be destroyed, but liability never enters into your agreements. Now, let’s say you have a data breach. A data breach can be terrible, but if they don’t own liability in this case, you do. Besides that, how could you ever trust a company to handle your data if they don’t have some liability in the game?

Having an e-recycler with contractual liability not only protects your business from being liable, but it also ensures that the job is done right because your e-recycler’s business is on the line as much if not more than yours.


Why Your Old Devices Leave You at Risk for a Data Breach

Should You Avoid E-Recycling to Avoid Liability?

Many businesses incorrectly assume that keeping their data locked up in that closet or storage locker is safe, but it’s not. People come and go, access changes, and there’s always a chance of your business being the victim of social engineering. What’s worse, because no one is looking for that data routinely, you may go a long time before you notice anything has been stolen.

The safest thing for your business is to destroy any data and the devices that hold that data as soon as they are no longer an integral part of your business. Keep data out of your electronics storage lockers. Get it destroyed instead with a data destruction service that contractually owns liability.

What Does Contractual Liability Mean in E-Recycling?

Laptop with application flying out in blueContractual liability means that we are not just saying that we own liability, we agree to it in our contract with you. This means you don’t have to rely on our word or even on your expectations of business. At Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction, we contractually own liability. Rest easy with real peace of mind when you hand your electronics and data over to us.

Backed By Insurance

Not only do we own liability, but we are 100% backed by insurance. This means if the worst ever happens, you know that you will be covered. You wouldn’t trust an Uber driver without insurance, why should you trust an e-recycler without insurance?

Adhere to NAID Requirements

At Sadoff, we have a host of certifications all chosen and adhered to in order to provide the best service possible. This means our NAID and i-SIGMA certifications ensure that our data destruction services will always completely and safely destroy all your data. This is far more than just a drive formatting.

Read More: Why Are Certifications Important in E-Recycling?

Wisconsin and Nebraska E-Recycling and Data Destruction Services

If you are looking for e-recycling services or data destruction in Wisconsin or Nebraska, then come to Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction. Not only are our services in the name, but we have 4 locations in Wisconsin with our Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, and Manitowoc centers. In Nebraska, we have locations in Lincoln, Omaha, and a business-2-business location in La Vista. Visit a Sadoff location near you today!

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