What to Shred

Below is a list of some items that should be shredded:

Accounting Records
Accounts Payable Information
Accounts Receivable Information
Address
Bank Account Numbers
Bank Statements
Brokerage Account Information
Budget Data
Business Plans
Cancelled Checks
Checks and Copies of Checks
Client Lists
Confidential Letters
Contracts
Credit Card Numbers
Customer Information
Drivers License Numbers
Educational Scores / Grade Cards
Employee pay or benefits information
Employment Information
Executive Correspondence
Expense Reports
Financial Statements
Insurance Documents
Insurance Policy Data
Inventory Reports
Invoices
Legal Documents
Market Research Information
Medical Information
Medical Records
New Product Information
Organizational Charts
Patient Records
Payroll Records
Personal Information
Personnel Files
Pill Bottles
Presentations
Price Lists
Product Information
Production Reports
Profit and Loss Statements
Proposals and Quotes
Receipts
Sales Forecasts
Shipping Receipts
Social Security Numbers
Telephone Numbers
Trademarked Information
Vendor information

Laws and Regulations

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) of 1999 – Requires banking and financial institutions across the US to protect the confidentiality and security of consumer data.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1995 – Requires that healthcare organizations across the US be responsible for the secure electronic transmission of patient information and the secure storage and disposal of that information.

The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003 (FACTA) – Added new sections to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, intended primarily to help consumers fight the growing crime of identity theft. Accuracy, privacy, limits on information sharing, and new consumer rights to disclosure are included in FACTA.