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Once you get into the habit you will shred more than you thought possible - Buy the best shredder you can afford to save in the long run.

ShreddingMachines.co.uk's easy to understand guide to the new
DIN 66399 Standard for the Secure Shredding of Data Media - Sept. 2012

There is now a new European Security Standard for the Shredding or Destruction of all types of Data Media, the DIN 66399 which, as of the 1st September 2012, supersedes the previous DIN 32757 and DIN EN 15713 standards (Click here for more information about the DIN 32757 Standard). This new DIN Standard, developed by the Deutsche Industrial Norm (DIN) sets out new responsibilities regarding the Protective Security required for Commercial Organisations, Government Departments, and Individuals to help make an informed choice of the correct equipment to guarantee all levels of Secure Destruction. The new DIN 66399 Standard has now been expanded from just 5 security levels to now include advice on the level of protection required for all types of Media and includes:

Three Protection Categories

  • Class 1 is for the Normal Protection required for Internal Data where disclosure would have a negative impact on a Company or a risk of Identity Theft of an Individual.
  • Class 2 is for the Higher Protection for Confidential Data where disclosure would have a considerably negative effect or could breach legal obligations of a Company, or offer a risk of adverse social or financial standing of an individual.
  • Class 3 Is for Very High Protection for Confidential and Top Secret Data which if disclosed could have terminal consequences for a Company or Government Entity, and have a health and safety or personal freedom risk to individuals.

Six Media Categories

  • P Paper Based Products
  • F Film Based Products including Micro-film, Microfiche, and Slides etc.
  • O Optical Media including CD's, DVD's and Blu-ray Disks etc.
  • T Magnetic Data Media like Floppy Discs, ID Cards, Magnetic Tapes, and Cassettes etc.
  • H Hard Drives from Computers, Laptops, and External Devices
  • E Electronic Data Media like memory sticks, cards, solid state drives mobile phones

Seven Specific Security Levels:

P = Paper Media Requirements
Click the levels below to see the relevant shredders

Maximum Shred Sizes for Other Media

Class Film Max Optical Max Media Max Magnetic Max Electronic Max
Class 1 F-1 160mm≤ O-1 2000mm≤ T-1 Inoperable H-1 Inoperable E-1 Inoperable
F-2 30mm≤ O-2 800mm≤ T-2 Split H-2 Damaged E-2 Split
F-3 10mm≤ O-3 160mm≤ T-3 2000mm≤ H-3 Deformed E-3 160mm≤
Class 2 F-4 2.5mm≤ O-4 30mm≤ T-4 320mm≤ H-4 2000mm≤ E-4 30mm≤
F-5 1mm≤ O-5 10mm≤ T-5 160mm≤ H-5 320mm≤ E-5 10mm≤
Class 3 F-6 0.5mm≤ O-6 0.5mm≤ T-6 10mm≤ H-6 160mm≤ E-6 1mm≤
F-7 0.2mm≤ O-7 0.2mm≤ T-7 2.5mm≤ H-7 10mm≤ E-7 0.5mm≤