Recycling unwanted IT raises funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

November 22, 2018

Blackmore Ricotech has teamed up with PC Zone in Yeovil to raise funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service. Blackmore Ricotech set up its innovative Donate IT scheme to give members of the public an opportunity to recycle redundant equipment and have any personal data securely removed free of charge. These donations create […]

Digitalisation of the Public Sector – what you need to know

November 21, 2018

The public sector now faces huge risks when it comes to the removal and handling of unwanted IT equipment. Aside from the waste and environmental regulations, much of the IT for disposal could hold potentially sensitive data – raising warning flags for GDPR and security breaches. But it is possible to mitigate the risk of […]

Blackmore Ricotech will erase your data issues

October 30, 2018

The recent USB data breach at Heathrow airport raises important issues around the security of vulnerable IT assets – especially when it comes to disposal. The General Data Protection Regulation, or simply GDPR, strengthens the data rights of all EU residents. However, it also increases the potential fines organisations face for misusing data, and if there’s […]

Year-on-year growth results in new investments

October 24, 2018

We are investing more than £500,000 in our premises and equipment, following growth in demand for secure IT asset disposal and recycling services. Double digit year-on-year growth has created a need to upgrade our office and warehouse facilities, as well as our vehicle fleet. Richard Connock, Commercial Director at Blackmore Ricotech, said: “Our priority has always been in data […]

ICO: fines will remain a last resort after 25 May

May 03, 2018

You may have read scaremongering articles about the high fines associated with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Fines of up to €20 million or 4% of annual global turnover for certain infractions against the new regulation has left some organisations wondering if the GDPR will leave businesses bankrupt. At the Information Commissioner’s Office […]

Morrisons data leak: Supermarket liable for staff details breach

December 06, 2017

Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of a former member of its staff who stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online. Workers brought a claim against the company after employee Andrew Skelton stole the data, including salary and bank details, of nearly 100,000 staff. The High Court ruling now […]

More data was lost or stolen in the first half of 2017 than all of 2016

October 20, 2017

More data records were lost or stolen during the first half of 2017 than all of 2016, according to Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. In total, 1.9 billion records were compromised as of the end of June 2017, compared to 1.37 billion in 2016. The rise in data breaches was already apparent last year, increasing from […]

Government committed to the GDPR

July 10, 2017

In the Queen’s Speech, the UK government made its intention clear to legislate to “ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data” by implementing the GDPR. See page 46 of the following document.  Read more

GDPR – How the definition of personal data will change

June 26, 2017

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced from next year, superseding the Data Protection Act (DPA). With the Regulation expanding the definition of personal data, many organisations have expressed their uncertainty as to what the new definition now includes. The scope of personal data Let’s start with the circumstances under which the […]

Soft Brexit could help confirm EU waste laws in UK’

June 14, 2017

Accordingly, while on the one hand there will be concerns that firm government policy on the environment may not emerge quickly, there will be a longer-term benefit to larger businesses in the waste and recycling sector with the knowledge that producer responsibility measures and recycling targets will remain, and are likely to increase. A large […]

Leading Eurosceptic is new head at Defra

June 14, 2017

Michael Gove, a key campaigner in the Brexit vote and a long-time proponent of cutting business regulations, has been appointed environment secretary. Gove, who was a cabinet minister in the coalition Government, takes over from Andrea Leadsom as EU member states finalise the details of the circular economy (CE) package. Speaking at the launch of […]

GDPR compliance is a many-layered thing

June 09, 2017

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) should, by now, need little introduction. It should be widely understood that it represents a new paradigm for data protection that requires organisations to uphold defined principles of data protection and to protect a set of rights for data subjects. The GDPR will also assert some impressively “effective, […]

Effective testing could have prevented massive downtime at British Airways

June 08, 2017

Following the disruptions to  British Airways (BA) flights over the bank holiday weekend, many people are questioning theairline’s lack of preparation for an incident like this. BA was reportedly hit by a power surge that shut down its IT systems and led to it grounding all its flights for 48 hours. With one passenger telling […]

Fourth phase of retailer WEEE take-back scheme opens

January 24, 2017

Electronics retailers are being urged to register for the fourth phase of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS), which runs until the end of 2019. The Scheme was set up under the WEEE regulations in 2007 to enable electronics retailers to meet their requirement to fund the collection of waste […]

General Data Protection Regulation – Security of personal data

January 24, 2017

The UK’s Data Protection Authority (ICO) last week fined Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA) – a leading UK insurance company – £150.000 (€170.000) for failing to keep customers’ information safe. The fine was issued following the theft from one of its offices of a hard drive device containing 60.000 customers’ names, addresses and bank account […]

Yahoo hack -1bn accounts compromised by biggest data breach in history

December 15, 2016

The latest incident to emerge – which happened in 2013 – is probably distinct from the breach of 500m user accounts in 2014. Yahoo said on Wednesday it had discovered another major cyber attack, saying data from more than 1bn user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest such breach in history. […]

Tesco Bank hack: Tesco would face £1.9bn fine under GDPR

November 24, 2016

Tesco, the supermarket chain that owns Tesco Bank, would face fines of over £1.9bn for this weekend’s hack if it occurred under the EU’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will become law in less than 24 months and will dramatically crank up the data protection regulatory regime across Europe. One of its key features […]

Global secondary metals market ‘toughest for 30 years’

November 11, 2016

Market conditions for commodities and metals recycling in 2016 have been the toughest for 30 years, according to Sims Metal Management chief executive Galdino Claro. At the company’s annual address to shareholders, Claro said Sims had responded to the tough conditions by reducing overheads, selling or mothballing facilities, and accelerating the implementation of other initiatives. “The […]

Here’s how to comply with the 2016 EU General Data Protection Regulation when disposing of ICT assets.

November 11, 2016

The world of technology has advanced beyond measure since the original EU Data Protection 95/46/EC came into force way back in 1995. Back then in the land before smartphones, the ‘cloud’ was just something that blocked out the sun… So with mind-sets to privacy evolving rapidly since those days, the new 2016 law is intended […]

UK will implement EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

November 10, 2016

Amid the ongoing hoo-ha and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, one issue has actually been resolved – an issue, moreover, that will have wide-reaching consequences for hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, confirmed to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Monday […]

Chitterne Secure Processing Facility Fully Open For Business

October 26, 2016

One of the key reasons for undertaking this facility upgrade is the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) that come into effect from May 2018. We have already seen a change in the mindset of businesses that are already considering the new regulations including their requirements for the way we collect, process and report on […]

100 company Sage announces data breach, shares drop 3.9%

August 18, 2016

Business management software company Sage has announced a data breach – causing share prices to fall. Sage notified roughly 280 of its UK business customers that their data, including employee financial and salary data, may have been affected by a breach. According to, the breach was conducted by an employee but it is unclear […]

Mission accomplished!

July 29, 2016

Our director Simon Barfoot has made it to the Black Sea in the Ukraine on a recycled bike, and all for charity. Marking our 20th birthday, Simon set off from Blackmore Vale in Wiltshire, taking 25 days to cover 2,346 miles through 11 countries and finishing 5 days ahead of schedule… It’s not too late […]

Brexit and UK waste recycling

July 29, 2016

It is still uncertain what the referendum result will actually mean for many industries. Within the environmental movement there are fears that without pressure from other European countries, waste recycling development will grind to a halt. Access to the single market Concerns over the UK’s access to the single market was the central argument for […]

New EU Data Protection Regulations Announced

July 29, 2016

We passed our latest spot inspection from our accreditors with a merit on Tuesday. As it should be, but in light of a recent tightening of EU regulations, it’s more important than ever for all of us data controllers to be ADISA certified. The original EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC was passed in 1995. A […]

Demand change in WEEE market hits council collections

June 29, 2016

  A fall in demand for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) evidence has impacted on the collection of material from local authority civic amenity sites. As a consequence of the demand change, Bexley council is believed to be the first local authority to use ‘Regulation 34’ under the amended WEEE regulations – it has […]

From Blackmore Vale to the Black Sea

June 16, 2016

Blackmore Ricotech is 20 years old in 2016. We’re celebrating this occasion with a charity fund raising ride on an upcycled bike… On the eve of our 20th birthday, one of our founding directors is setting off on a charity bike ride from Blackmore Vale, to the shores of Black Sea at Odessa, Ukraine. Leaving […]

HOW many jumbo jets? 20 years of secure technology recycling

June 16, 2016

This month we’re celebrating 20 years in the business. The secret of our continued success has been a commitment to staying one step ahead of technological developments and ensuring that our clients remain totally compliant with changes to the laws which govern this development. We thought it might be interesting to look at just how […]

Legal definition of waste guidance updated

May 17, 2016

Updated guidance on the legal definition of waste and how this is applied, has been published for businesses operating in the sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The guidance was last updated in August 2012, with a slimmed-down version having been issued last week (5 May), following on from a review of red tape […]

40% of public sector organisations are breaking the law – are you?

May 10, 2016

As our clients will know, we are very proud to have attained ADISA accreditation last year, probably the most stringent set of standards in IT asset disposal worldwide. ADISA not only randomly and exhaustively audit those they certify. They also study attitudes and behaviours in the market. Steve Mellings, a co-founder of ADISA, recently shared some […]

Morrisons sued by 6,000 staff following data breach

April 19, 2016

6,000 Morrisons staff are now suing the supermarket giant following a 2014 data breach in which 99,998 employees’ personal details were leaked. The court deadline for joining the group action was 8 April 2016. Nick McAleenan of JMW Solicitors, which is representing the group, said: “Whenever employers are given personal details of their staff, they […]

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) passed by European Parliament

April 19, 2016

At its plenary session today, the European Parliament approved the European Council’s position at first reading, finally completing the legislative process for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator for the GDPR, said: “The general data protection regulation makes a high, uniform level of data protection throughout […]

Donation to Stalbridge Primary School

March 24, 2016

On Friday 18th March we donated 2 Amazon Kindles to Stalbridge Primary School for use by their children who need some extra support and incentive to learn. Blackmore Ricotech Director, Simon Barfoot, attended school assembly and spoke to the children and staff about the importance of recycling and how Blackmore Ricotech tries to reuse wherever […]

Changes to Premises Code Registration

March 21, 2016

From 1 April 2016, hazardous waste producers in England will no longer be required to register their premises with the Environment Agency if they produce over 500kgs of hazardous waste in a year. The unique consignment note number used on each individual hazardous waste consignment note will also change as a result. The government sees […]

IT professionals likely to hack their own organisations

March 14, 2016

A survey conducted by Absolute Software reveals that younger IT professionals demonstrate more “cavalier” behaviour when it comes to information security, according to HelpNet Security. According to the survey, 41% of staff aged 18-44 were most likely to hack their own organisation, while only 12% would over the age of 44. Other worrying statistics show […]

Jon Blake presents to Monkton Combe School – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

March 14, 2016

On Thursday 3rd March Blackmore Ricotech MD, Jon Blake, held a workshop for pupils and teachers of Monkton Combe School near Bath, to help them understand the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Jon demonstrated how Blackmore Ricotech focuses primarily on reusing IT and electrical items and recycling anything that is redundant, end of […]

Spoofed CEO email causes data breach at health care provider

February 22, 2016

On February 3, 2016, an “unidentified third person” obtained an Excel spreadsheet containing the “personal information for all active employees” of the California rehabilitation and nursing home provider Magnolia Health Corporation by impersonating its CEO, Kensett “Kenny” J Moyle, and “using what appeared to be his email address”. In a notification letter sent to all […]

Chilton Cantelo Day & Boarding School

February 18, 2016

Chilton Cantelo Pre-Prep Department recently received a visit from Mr Simon Barfoot, Director of Blackmore Riotech, one of the UK’s leading secure IT recycling specialists. Mr Barfoot kindly presented Siegfried and Dennis with “Kindle” tablets as a gift to support their learning and development. The boys were excited to receive their Kindles and our thanks […]

Five damaging data breaches caused by human error

February 18, 2016

Each time a data breach hits the news, certain sections of the media jump on their hacking hobbyhorse in a frenzy of excitement, frothing hysterically about cyber war and desperate to pin every attack on China, North Korea or Russia – usually in spite of a manifest lack of evidence that these countries are in […]

Lincolnshire Council forced to use pen and paper after ransomware attack

February 04, 2016

A ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council last week forced the council to shut down its systems, leaving its employees with nothing but pens and paper. Julie Hetherington-Smith, the council’s chief information officer, said… Continue reading » Article courtesy of IT Governance –

Panorama provides key evidence in illegal WEEE export prosecution

January 26, 2016

Evidence from BBC’s Panorama programme was central to an EA prosecution of Lynn Gallop, 52, and Mark Daniels, 51, both of Warrington, after EA officers found 11 shipping containers full of electrical waste destined for Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, the Ivory Coast and Tanzania. Daniels Recycling, a waste site in Warrington, was ordered to pay £130,000 for illegally […]

Donation to Wiltshire school

January 26, 2016

We were delighted to be able to help the children of St Mary’s Broughton Gifford Primary School in Melksham, Wilts with some IT equipment to support and assist their learning. Special Needs Key Worker Mr Hunt (pictured here with Blackmore Ricotech Director, Simon Barfoot) and Headteacher Mrs Orchard were in need of some technical teaching […]

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in 2015 – over 480 million leaked records

January 12, 2016

The volume of data breaches and cyber attacks that marked 2015 could be appropriately described as a ‘cascade’ or ‘torrent’, or perhaps ‘maelstrom’. There have been breaches of highly sensitive data (including that of children), targeted attacks on government agencies such as the US’s OPM and Germany’s Bundestag, and an alarming number of well-orchestrated DDoS […]

Data Breach

January 08, 2016

Etihad Airways is investigating a potential data breach after an anonymous source sent Gulf News personal details of “around seven thousand individuals from Etihad’s loyalty programme”. The data breach is believed to have been caused by a third party that worked with the airline in 2013 to run a promotional campaign. The leaked data includes: […]

Data protection and secure IT disposal

December 09, 2015

Data security is big news.  Not a day seems to go by without another large public or private sector organisation hitting the headlines due to a data breach.  Consequently, protecting live data is taken very seriously, but in our experience, less care is taken when disposing of redundant IT equipment that may still contain sensitive […]

South West Secure IT and WEEE recycling specialists join forces

December 09, 2015

Welcome to the new Blackmore Ricotech website – part of our re-branding following a successful merger.  We are pleased to announce that our two companies – Wiltshire based Blackmore IT and Somerset company Ricotech Ltd have joined forces.  Blackmore Ricotech, as we will be known, will continue to specialise in data destruction and secure recycling […]

Smart phones and data protection

September 30, 2015

The use of so called smart phones is ever on the increase; in fact it is probably more difficult to buy a phone that doesn’t allow internet access, app usage and emails than one that does these days. So, have you thought about how this impacts on Data Protection within your organisation? Here at BLACKMORE […]

Do your old redundant computers contain sensitive data?

September 09, 2015

Businesses in the South West are reminded that if they record personal information on computers, laptops, servers or even mobile phones, they have a legal responsibility to protect that information under the Data Protection Act — even after they have stopped using the equipment. Data Protection is always a priority while the equipment is in […]

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