The FTC has filed a complaint against First Interstate Mortgage Corporation ( FIM ) and Nevada One Corporation ( Nevada One ) for failure to shred. The companies owned by one group contracted with customers to maintain personal information under FACTA. However, 40 boxes of personal information covered under the contract and FACTA were later found in a dumpster. The case now moves to U.S. the District Court for Nevada.
It appears that you can add the FTC to the local media, and the Texas AG as people out to get companies who fail to protect their customers with document destruction programs.
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I am sure when you are in an ambulance the last thing you are worried about is your personal information. However, people who got a ride from Express EMS Services in Houston Texas are wondering about it today. A self proclaimed dumpster diver found all the personal information an identity thief would need. He notified KTRK who came out and took some great video of the dumpster.
Any company in Texas that risks throwing personal information in the trash when you know the AG is targeting the practice is not very bright. Stay tuned for the post about the fine they will be paying.
If you are in Houston and don’t want to pay big fines to the state then stop by Shred Nations to start your shredding.
The Courier of Russellville, Arkansas has a story about another bonanza of personal information behind a closed business. It was so much information that it couldn’t fit in a dumpster but was stacked on several pallets. The bundles contained years of Western Union transactions. It appears the information is from a closed store and left out by the building manager. Full article.