As the Obama campaign left North Carolina for the next primary states the local media did some dumpster diving to see how well they take care of their supporters personal information. After digging through the trash they found a checks, names, addresses and telephone numbers. Apparently after you send in your check you are no longer important to the campaign and don’t deserve protection.
And what about the Clinton campaign? Their trash was behind a fence but I doubt if a chain link fence would keep an identity thief out.
Maybe we could get two senators to look into why personal information is being carelessly handled.
The River Stream Fund has come under scrutiny from securities regulator in Massachusetts. The hedge fund is under investigation for several violations including a failure to check the net worth of their clients. In Massachusetts you must meet financial requirements to invest in risky hedge funds.
So where did the state get their evidence? The fund simply dumped their client records into their dumpster where they were uncovered by regulators.
It is this exact type of case, California v. Greenwood, that made dumpster diving protected.
Pedro Carrasquillo was visiting a Public Storage in Lake Buena Vista when he made an alarming discovery. He wanted to put some things in the dumpster but couldn’t because it was overflowing with boxes of documents. Upon closer inspection he discovered that they were the personal records for members of the Amateur Athletic Union. The documents contained the birth certificates and social security numbers for hundreds of members.
Mr Carrasquilo notified channel 9 which prevented the documents from being used for a nefarious purpose. It is unclear how the boxes ended in the dumpster but a likely scenario is that they were purged from a local storage unit.
Just the latest case of someone mistaking a shredding bin with a dumpster.
WSBT ran a test on three Indiana state agencies to see how well they are protecting the citizens’ personal information. They took one garbage bag out of each dumpster. And what did they find?
All three bags contained all the personal information needed to commit identity theft. A spokesperson said this was against their policy but if they don’t provide an easy way for employees to shred it simply will not get done. The state is too big to rely on low level employees assigning themselves extra work.
Time to call the governor and ask him to hire a shredding service.
RentWay is the latest company to get caught throwing out their customers’ personal information into the trash. The records were found by Don McLucas who notified the media. The records included all the basics for identity theft, name, number, address, and social security numbers.
Mr McLucas goes through dumpsters in Bradenton looking for items to sell on Ebay. So if you are a business you need to know that whatever is in your dumpster will be gone through before it ever makes its way to the dump.
Northeast Security of West Haven installs security systems in homes. I hope they protect their customers homes better than they protect their customers’ personal information. The company got in a fight with their landlord and their customers paid the price. The customer records containing the names, addresses, and social security numbers were left in a dumpster. The dumpster overfilled and the documents blew down the street.
I can only speculate but this looks like a failed business being evicted and just abandoning their records.
There is a hidden victim to the mortgage fallout. As mortgage brokers go out of business they are not taking care of all their past customers. Here is the latest example out of Denver, where a mortgage broker goes broke and simply dumps their files.
Lets hope that bankruptcy courts let failed businesses use some capital to protect their employees. The other option would be a requirement that when businesses are evicted the landlord is required to properly dispose of all the files inside.
Liberty International Marketing in Arlington, Texas is just the latest company to throw their employees and applicants information into a dumpster. Jason Jones, the President, told employees to discard old employee information but did not give them an easy way to properly destroy it. He was also not surprised when no one was using the shredder during the clean up.
A small shredder may be adequate for a few pages but I challenge anyone to stay sane while shredding boxes of documents.
See the video of Jason.