Data Security and Privacy

Secure Data handling

At Free Geek we take the utmost care to ensure complete data destruction of all user data that is donated to us.

  • Monitoring

    Our facility is monitored via a closed circuit camera system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Secure storage

    The moment devices that contain private data enter our facility, the hard drives are removed by staff and placed into a secure / locked cage accessible only to authorized staff

  • Secure erase

    Hard drives that meet our specifications for reuse are wiped by authorized staff in our locked/secure hard drive sanitation banks. The process we use is Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) for data destruction. DBAN overwrites sectors of the hard drive 3 times using a destructive write which ensures that ALL data on the drive is completely destroyed and totally unrecoverable.

  • Secure destruction

    Hard drives that are below our specifications for reuse are physically destroyed on site.

  • Other media

    Magnetic media such as floppy disks and backup tapes containing user information are disassembled in our recycling area and the plastic components are shredded by our plastics recycling vendor.
    Optical media such as cd-rw discs which contain user information are physically destroyed as soon as we receive them.

Data destruction certificates

If requested, a certificate of data destruction can be provided to the donor of equipment. The certificate will contain the following information:

  1. Number of data storage devices (hard drives/SSDs) that were securely erased
  2. Number of data storage devices that were physically destroyed

The certificate will be provided once all the devices have been processed.