Data protection fears could be holding back electronic recycling

Personal data security fears are preventing households in the UK from disposing of old, broken and unused electricals correctly according to a new survey by REPIC, the UK’s largest WEEE producer compliance scheme.

69 per cent of people questioned admitted to having concerns about their personal data being breached. A third of these admitted they were more likely to keep hold of old electricals as a consequence.

Adding to the issue, more than a quarter (26 per cent) of those questioned didn’t know how to delete their personal data, whilst a third (33 per cent) didn’t think that they needed to, the research revealed.