Producers fear WEEE stockpiling over consumers’ data breach concerns

Seven in ten people in the UK are being put off recycling old and unused electrical products because of concerns about personal security data breaches

People are worried their personal data could be breached. Photograph: Winai Tepsuttinun/123RFPersonal 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.

In a survey of more than 1000 people conducted in September, REPIC found that 69% of respondents admitted to having concerns about their personal data being breached. A third of these admitted they were more likely to keep hold of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) as a consequence.

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