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From: Henry Brown (hbrownknology.net)
Date: Thu Nov 01 2007 - 08:53:33 CDT
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo recently went
through the trash of some businesses around the state and did not like
what he found.
Stumbo said Tuesday that 33 of the 121 businesses that had their garbage
inspected threw away personal information of more than 1,250 people,
violating state laws that require such information to be shredded or
destroyed in another method.
"Consumers face an increased risk of identity theft or loss of privacy
when their personal information is not destroyed when records are
discarded," Stumbo said. "There have been numerous accounts in the past
few years of dumpster-diving by identity thieves. It is vitally
important that businesses take care to destroy consumers' personal
information when disposing of records."
Of the 33, 14 threw away the sensitive information -- like Social
Security numbers, bank and credit card account numbers, birth dates,
driver's license or personal ID card numbers, loan numbers, customer
account numbers, insurance policy numbers, medical insurance policy and
group numbers and personal medical information -- of almost 1,000 people.
The 33 businesses have been notified by the Office of Consumer
Protection, which is requesting extra information from the 14 that threw
out sensitive information. Stumbo says he will ask the businesses to
develop or strengthen policies to ensure compliance with state law.
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