Dr. Alexander, an Albuquerque chiropractor, is the latest business caught dumping private customer information into the trash. His dumpster had files containing his patients name, social security numbers, and birth dates. This is in violation of HIPAA laws regarding the proper disposal of customer records.
Apparently Dr. Alexander’s policy of buying a shredder and hoping his employees assign themselves extra work came to the same end as every other person who has tried it. If you don’t pay a manager to witness the shredding you need to hire a shredding service. The third option is to get ready for local news to show up with cameras an embarrassing questions.
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Shred Nations has a new shredder in Colorado and we don’t mean a snow boarder. Paper Wise is the latest addition to the Shred Nations network of shredding services. Paper Wise serves ski country and the western slope with mobile service. If you are lucky enough to live where you play then Paper Wise can help you out with your document destruction need.
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement with Northbrook, Illinois-based American United Mortgage Company over a Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) disposal rule violation. American United Mortgage threw credit reports of their customers into an un-secured dumpster. The company has agreed to pay a fine of $50,000.
According to the FTC complaint American United Mortgage was found to have thrown credit reports in March of 2006. The company was notified in writing about the violation. In at least two subsequent investigations, the company continued to throw out credit reports in the same dumpster.
Two things strike me about this story. Why does it take three violations before the FTC decides to protect consumers information? American United is very bad at math. If the had hired a shredding service they would have paid a few hundred dollars. If they would have shredded in-house they would have paid a few thousand dollars in labor and shredders. But now they are paying fifty thousand dollars in fines. Just not good business sense.
Shred Nations has expanded their shredding service options in Baton Rouge and Lafayette with the addition of ShredMasters. ShredMasters offers shredding for paper, xrays and magnetic media. With a fleet of high speed mobile shredders they come to your location to perform the document destruction.
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An easy way to find who is on vacation is to spot the newspapers piling up in the driveway. Most homeowners put a freeze on the newspaper to prevent this security risk.
However, if you get the San Francisco Chronicle the opposite might be true. Delivery people for the paper were throwing the vacation notice slips in the dumpster where they pick up the papers. A burglary ring was pulling out the slips out and then targeting the vacationing homeowners.
This is another example is where a locked box to collect shredding would have prevented a big problem.
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Denise Jackson was recently arrested for identity theft in Shreveport. She went through the dumpster in her apartment complex to get the personal information of another resident. Denise then used the information to go on a $7,000 spending spree.
Had the victim used a shredder or even easier, a shredding service then she wouldn’t be spending her time calling credit card companies to clear up her credit history.
If you are hoping to break into the German central bank’s new vault you might want to go through their dumpster. Instead of shredding the construction plans they just tossed them in the trash where they were found by a hairdresser. The central bank maintains that this does not impact the security of the vault.
If your business has a important documents it is probably time to hire a shredding service.
Labor Ready in North Kansas City is the latest business to dump their employees’ personal information in the trash instead of shredding it. The information included W-2s and job application. FACTA has required the proper disposal information for years but business continue to believe that they won’t be caught if they just throw everything in the trash. Business owners who are even more naive trust their lowest paid employees to use the office shredder.
To really protect your employees and customers it is time to hire a shredding service.