Texas Insurance Claims Services in Richardson is the latest business to make the news for what is in their dumpster. The company had boxes of customers’ personal information sitting out for anyone to see. They story was reported to WFAA after a man was taking pictures of the dumpsters contents. The man claimed he was just looking for boxes but it is unclear why he was taking pictures.
The business owner said the files were five years old and he was no longer required to save them. We an Attorney General as active on this problem as they have in Texas this was a foolish gamble. The cost of the fines will easily exceed the cost of the paper shredding.
Today we take a break from irresponsible companies and take a look at some fun thing to shred. ESCO Marine has a booming car shredding business. The cars are shredded to make recycling easier. According to a company spokesman business is great as prices for scrap rises. Lets hope they don’t get a hybrid in there by accident.
Apparently the files blew out of a dumpster full of private school records. News of the files spread and many people showed up to dig through the dumpster. The crowd uncovered grade books, student records, and bank statements.
It might be time for Hyatt High School to hire a shredding service and recycle the paper instead of spreading it across the neighborhood.
More proof that personal records are toxic waste. A dentist in Houston stored his customer records at a storage facility. I am sure he hasn’t upgraded to a records storage center due to the costs. However, he is still responsible to store medical records for years, even if they are no longer patients.
While working in the storage area a box was left outside and he left. The box was later discovered and reported to the local media. The dentist has apologized for the mistake.
It is easy to see why so many medical offices are moving to electronic document management to save on storage. Then they only need to worry about the shredding.
It seems like just the other day I was writing a post about a company that moved but left sensitive information behind. The business blamed the moving company for the error. Well who do you blame if a moving company moves and leaves sensitive customer information behind?
Wheeler’s Moving Company recently moved from Boca Raton to Jupiter but left “Piles and piles of personal files with tax information, social security numbers and license numbers” behind in a dumpster.
The local media was notified but it is unclear who had access to the dumpster before they were discovered. The company has said that it will shred documents going forward.