U.S.

FL: Personal information papers found in dumpster

Suncoast News reports that “reams” of personal information, including employment applications, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers, have been found carelessly dumped in a Sarasota dumpster by someone from Westaff Employment, a company that appears to be closed. I expect we will see even more of such reports as small businesses (or large ones)...

Bits ‘n Pieces

In the justice system: Following up on a story here: former State Department employee Dwayne F. Cross was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for illegally accessing more than 150 confidential passport application files. More. Identity theft to obtain medical services is not new, but...

Mass. General paperwork for 66 patients lost on Red Line train

Milton J. Valencia reports that documents containing the personal medical information of at least 66 patients at Massachusetts General Hospital was lost this month when an employee apparently left them on an MBTA train. The lost billing records contained names, dates of birth, and medical information such as diagnoses and the name of the...

TX: Loan documents found in trash

Deborah Wingley of ABC News reports that boxes filled with loan documents containing personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, were found in the trash. The loan applications were taken by Royce Homes. The state is investigating.

LifeWatch notifies patients of exposed data

LifeWatch Corp., a company specializing in ambulatory health monitoring, has notified (pdf) the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office that due to a configuration error, some patient files were available on public areas of their web site for about three weeks last month. Personal information in the exposed files included the patients’ names, dates of...