NAID did a survey of Toronto dumpsters to see how well local businesses were disposing of the personal information in their care. Of the 50 dumpsters checked; seven had un-shredded personal information. The surprising thing was that most of these were medical offices. After so much publicity about HIPAA and shredding in the states it seems that they do a better job of shredding compared to our northerly neighbors.
Creston Ridge mobile home park in San Antonio dumped all their past applications in the dumpster last week. The files contained the financial information for hundreds of current and past residents. The files were discovered by someone digging through the trash and then reported to authorities by James Jones. It is unclear what the man digging through the dumpster was doing with the files.
A company spokesperson said it was a mistake and they should have been shredded. This is an example of what happens when you create a policy but not a simple solution. Personal information is like toxic waste. It must be handled with care. The shredding must be manged and documented or use a San Antonio shredding Service and be sure.
A fire has destroyed the Radford, Virginia location of Drop and Shred. No one was harmed but $250,000 in damage was do the building. I am not familiar with this location and do not know what type of equipment they use. The good news is whatever they were shredding is now absolutely destroyed.
Jackson Hewitt in Jacksonville needs a shredding service. When they closed their office they dumped all the personal information for past employees into the dumpster. They were discovered by an employee taking out the trash to the same dumpster. It was then reported to News 4.
Addendum: Now the owner, Steven Burnett, is running for the Jacksonville city council. He was too cheap to hire a shredding service to do a good job and I am sure it will be used against him in his campaign.
Cornerstone Records Management LLC has acquired Better Shredder of Denver. Cornerstone is a relative newcomer to Denver after opening a 44,000 square foot records storage center and an 8,700 square foot media vault in Denver. Better Shredder provided mobile shredding to the front range.
Boxes of patient files were discovered in public bins at River City Recycling in Omaha, Nebraska. It is unclear who dumped the records but it is a clear violation of HIPAA to leave them in a public dumpster. The incident was reported to KMTV news.
Two people in Florida won the $14.5 million jackpot last Saturday. One was from Miami and the other from Fort Walton Beach. The Miami ticket has been claimed. Chris Gooden says he had the other one. Problem is that he says he shredded it with some old mail. He dug a couple of the winning numbers out but couldn’t get the whole ticket. The lottery says he needs more than a few shreds to claim the prize
I don’t care how small the shred are; for $7 million I would find all the pieces. Most home shredders have large enough pieces that it would be possible with some work.