Dumpster diving is still one of the easiest ways to find critical business information. To this day, companies that don’t understand the importance of maintaining a document shredding plan toss complete records of employees, business activities, and customer information into a dumpster.

Here, we tell the tales of some of those unfortunate companies that threw their documents away intact- and the resulting fallout from this mistake.

Laws Against Dumpster Diving

The legality of dumpster diving varies from state to state. It is considered a gray area. Because dumpsters are usually located on private premises, it may be considered illegal, though the law is enforced with varying degrees. There is no common law exception of privacy for discarded materials. Jim...