Medical Identity Theft Affecting 1.84 Million U.S. Victims

Consumer awareness lacking, as industry group is formed to address issue From www.healthcare-informatics.com by: John Gaspari Medical identity fraud has increased nearly 20 percent compared to the year before in the U.S., affecting an estimated 1.84 victims and having a total out-of-pocket medical cost incurred by medical identity theft victims to be $12.3 billion. Those are takeaways of the 2013 …

SAC Federal Credit Union to Host Shred Day in Blair

From WOWT Omaha http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Shred-Day-Coming-Up-In-Blair-219604791.html A metro bank is working to make a rip in identity theft by hosting a shred day in Blair, Nebraska on Saturday, August 17th. SAC Federal Credit Union is asking people to bring their items with sensitive information to be shredded at the No Frills branch in Blair, anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. “SAC …

Hundreds of Personal Documents Discovered in Dumpster

Yet another case of sensitive documents discovered in a dumpster. The discovery occurred outside of a Sylvan Learning Center in Beaverton, Oregon. Hundreds of documents containing names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and even credit card numbers were found in the dumpster, exactly the kind of stuff that an ID thief would be looking for. After all the press …

Confidential Documents Found in Atlanta Dumpster

By Erica Byfield Atlanta – From WSBTV Discovery of Confidential Documents A tip from a Channel 2 Action News viewer has led to the discovery of hundreds of documents with people’s names, birth dates and Social Security numbers in a dumpster. Gregory Evans told Channel 2’s Erica Byfield he was walking his dog on Renaissance Parkway in midtown Atlanta on …

Walgreens to pay $1.44 million over HIPAA violation

From Indy Star News written by Tim Evans A Marion County jury Friday awarded a woman $1.44 million after finding Walgreens and a pharmacist violated her privacy when the pharmacist looked up and shared the woman’s prescription history. The lawsuit filed in Marion Superior Court spun out of a tangled relationship between the pharmacist, her husband and the man’s ex-girlfriend. …

New Law Would Limit Exports of Electronic Waste

On July 23rd of this year, a bill prohibiting the exporting of electronic waste in order to avoid improper and dangerous disposal was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives.  H.R. 2791, The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2013 (RERA) is an amendment to The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) which already restricts the export of ‘restricted electronic waste’ …

Confidential Documents Discovered in Dumpster

From Fox 4 KC: RAYTOWN, Mo. — Some former applicants and tenants are frustrated after finding their social security numbers, bank statements and other personal information in a dumpster at the Eldorado Apartments on E. 67th Street in Raytown, Mo. Confidential Documents Discovered Tuesday morning Tiffany Jones said she was tossing out her trash when she found important papers that …

“Argo [Protect] Yourself.”

This past Sunday, the movie Argo took home the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards. In the movie, which is based on the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, a group of Americans race against the clock to escape the country while Iranian workers try their best to sort through shredded documents detailing their identities. But could that ever really …

Who’s Reading Your Trash? 3 Reasons FACTA Compliance is More Than a Technicality

In today’s data-driven world, it’s hard to imagine any business having a shortage of sensitive client information—making data destruction vital. Whether dealing with patient records at a doctor’s office, tax files at an accounting firm, or a stack of social security numbers locked up in a filing cabinet in a government building, there’s no denying there is a lot of …