Apr 10, 2018 | Weingarten

New European General Data Protection Regulation: Securing data erasure processes with eraSURE®

• Companies need to adjust the ways in which they handle personal data
• CHG-MERIDIAN offers its own certified data erasure process called eraSURE®
• eraSURE® facilitates compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on May 25, 2018 and will tighten the rules on storing personal data. The new data protection legislation will apply not only to companies within the European Union, but also to non-EU companies that store and/or process personal data of EU citizens. With its eraSURE® solution, CHG-MERIDIAN offers a certified, non-captive process for erasing data from laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even printers, photocopiers, and multifunction printers.

The new GDPR addresses aspects such as storing and processing personal data. It is a measure by the European Union that establishes stricter statutory requirements for the protection of personal data and puts pressure on companies to take action, as non-compliance is subject to serious penalties. Fines can amount to as much as 4 percent of the affected company's revenue. Businesses therefore need to adjust their data protection processes in order to ensure compliance with statutory provisions.

CHG-MERIDIAN is an expert in the field of efficient technology management. Its eraSURE® process offers a partial solution to the challenges posed by the new regulation. “Under the provisions of the GDPR, every company in the European Economic Area is required to prepare a consistent data erasure concept. We are supporting our customers with the eraSURE® solution, which meets this demand for a certified data erasure process perfectly,” says Tobias Wiktorowski, product manager for eraSURE® at CHG-MERIDIAN.

Erasing personal data with eraSURE®

Companies have stepped up the protection of their IT systems against attacks from the outside, but when it comes to end-of-life processes for their IT assets, there is much need for improvement. As the world is becoming more and more digital, increasing volumes of data are being stored and processed. A significant proportion of this data is of a personal nature and thus particularly strongly protected by the provisions of the GDPR. In addition, companies regularly renew their IT inventory, including laptops, smartphones, printers, and other equipment, in order to avoid high repair and maintenance costs. But what happens to the data saved on the IT equipment? CHG-MERIDIAN's eraSURE® process offers a solution for used equipment. eraSURE® provides customers with a certified, non-captive data erasure solution that applies to the entire device inventory. We are continuously enhancing this solution and launched a version for printer systems last year.

End-of-life management and certified data erasure

CHG-MERIDIAN offers purpose-designed data erasure processes with an outstanding level of process reliability. eraSURE® and eraSURE®+ are certified and DoD/BSI-GS-compliant solutions. Customers can select a procedure that is tailored to their required level of protection and data categories. CHG-MERIDIAN provides a seamless process, from the collection of the IT assets from the customer's premises to the erasure of the data at CHG-MERIDIAN's own technology and service center.

The data erasure processes are suitable for all forms of data storage, including SSD, hybrid, or flash memory in laptops, tablets, and smartphones, and even in printers, photocopiers, and multifunction printers. At the technology and service centers in Groß Gerau (Germany) and Skien (Norway), data is erased from more than 145,000 devices per year. The erasure processes also form part of various other solutions offered by CHG-MERIDIAN, such as Enterprise Mobility Solutions and Output Solutions.


Find out more at the eraSURE® event at our Technology and Service Center in Groß-Gerau on April 26, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m..

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  • 04-2018 CHG-MERIDIAN Press Release eraSURE DSGVO (EN)

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  • 04-2018 CHG-MERIDIAN Press Release eraSURE DSGVO (EN)

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