Newsletter March 2014

Metal Commodity Prices-Significant fall in value

Metal Commodity price fall imageRecent reports show our world economy growing yet metal commodity prices continue to fall significantly on a daily basis. Some believe that this shows that our reported growth may not be as good as reported.

Fears over China’s slowing growth so far in 2014 have hurt metal commodity prices. Copper prices have dropped 12% so far this year. There are many factors to take into account but concerns over China’s slowdown in production is a major one. Read More

How do we recycle your PC and what happens to it

PC Recycling ImageBefore we consider recycling we will try to reuse. It is much better for the environment to reuse an item than to recycle. If a PC is worth reusing we will attempt to refurbish it. If not the only other alternative is to recycle.

Inside a PC there are a number of different components held in by screws and fasteners. We remove each item from the case by using specialised tools. Each item has a scrap value. The motherboard and associated boards like graphics cards, contain precious metals in small quantities. Metals such as gold, silver, copper and solder. The hard drives contain stainless steel, aluminium, copper, neodymium magnets and circuit boards. The heat sink is usually made of aluminium and plastic. The CD drive contains a circuit board and aluminium as does the power supply. There will also be a number of cables which contain copper. Read More

How to destroy data on your computer hard drive

Data Destruction on Old PCMany cases of used computers being purchased on internet and data being retrieved from them are often in the news. This can cause a lot of harm to individuals, companies and reputations. Heavy fines can also be imposed. So how can you be sure your data on your hard drive cannot be retrieved?

Firstly it would be good idea to point out your legal responsibilities. Under the Seventh Principal of the Data Protection Act 1998 it states that, all organisations must employ a 3rd party data destruction service to destroy all redundant and confidential information that can be in either paper or electronic format. It also needs to be certified that it has been done so. Therefore you should not attempt to destroy your own data yourself as this is breaking the law and fines can be up to £500,000. Read More

Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

Data Leaking cables imageData leaks on any level now are taken very seriously by the ICO and heavy fines are being imposed.

In our modern digital world companies have to be so careful in protecting the data they have from being stolen. This is not only for live data but also data that is on machines like old computers and documents for example.

On the 28th February 2014 the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) was fines by the ICO £200,000 for a serious data breach. Read More