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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. The GDPR places more liability on data controllers to ensure appropriate security of their data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures. Article 5(2) requires that “the controller shall be responsible for, and be able to demonstrate, compliance with the principles.”

With the high number of security breaches recently, this blog takes a look at how to prevent criminals from stealing private information...

We take look at why shredding documents is so important within this blog...

We take a look at the worst shredding and destruction disasters in this blog.

We outline whether or not self-storage is right for your business in our recent blog...

We're breaking down Quality Standard ISO9001 in our recent blog...

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The Data Protection Bill was published in Parliament last week (14.09.17) by Digital Minister Matt Hancock. It fully incorporates the EU's GDPR and when the Bill is passed into law it will become the Data Protection Act 2018. The new Act will affect almost every business - are you prepared? If not, read our latest blog...

In the TV series Back to the Floor the boss from some of the UK's biggest firms went out to do the work that hundreds of their employees do everyday. Tom Gilruth (MD Topwood Ltd) has just completed a week with one of Topwood's mobile shredding crews. The TV series was entertainment but going back 'to the coal face' is a serious way for business owners to view their business. read on to to find out why.

One of Topwood's high security shred trucks was available for the public to take advantage of on Saturday 14th October for our free community shred event held at Morrisons’ Car Park in Wrexham, Ruthin Road. Read on to find out more.

It can be difficult to decide what needs shredding and what doesn't. With the advances in technology and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, electronic media such as hard drives, PC's and laptops are becoming just as important to destroy. Read on to find out what and what not to shred...

The holidays are a vulnerable time for any workplace. Employees can be distracted and absent from the office. There can be visitors and contractors in the offices; leaving confidential documents and information vulnerable to prying eyes. Find out 6 strategies to help keep your workplace secure throughout the festive season.

At the end of 2017 the ICO announced a charity employee had been prosecuted for taking and sharing personal details of 183 people including their date of birth, telephone numbers, medical information and full names. The individual was fined £1860.25 and a £15 victim surcharge for breaching Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. Read on to find out how this could change with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation enforcement.

Topwood Ltd have recently been awarded the confidential shredding contract for Herefordshire Council. Topwood will be providing a regular mobile on-site shredding service to numerous office locations around Hereford, cross cutting paper documents to the highest security standard DIN 66399 level P-4.

A workplace with lockable containers for staff to deposit unwanted sensitive data is essential when taking measures to preventing data security breach. The use of confidential waste bins and consoles is a simple measure that data controllers can take to comply with Data Protection Act 2018 (incorporating GDPR). Legislation requires data protection officers (DPOs) to take all technical and organisational measures to minimise the risk of a lapse in data security.

Have you lawfully disposed of student records during the summer break? Secure shredding in your school is a vital part of being GDPR compliant and will contribute to boosting your Ofsted score. As UK fraud reached record highs last year, there has never been a better time to re-organise filing systems and legally dispose of outdated student records, exam papers and staff records via secure on-site shredding, to help protect schools and educational institutions from a data breach.

Whether your company wants to go paperless or get compliant for an audit, there are a number of benefits to document scanning that can help your organisation save costs and improve efficiency. Organisations have always relied on data however over the past few years organisations have moved towards an electronic filing system as part of a records management system. The first step to move towards a paperless environment is to convert hard copies of data to electronic pdf copies and then securely destroy the hard copies. We have come up with some benefits of document scanning.


The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was set up to help businesses (Merchants) process card payments securely to reduce card fraud.

The standard is achieved through tight controls surrounding the storage and transmission of cardholder data that businesses handle. There are 12 requirements of the PCI DSS – a full list can be found on The UK Card Association’s website.

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