Exposure

IN: Hotel discards unshredded customer records in dumpster

Liza Danver of WISH-TV in Indiana reports that the Homestead Studio Suites hotel in Indianapolis dumped unshredded hotel guest records into their dumpster, where they were noticed by a guest who contacted the news team. The records appeared to be several years’ old, and included names, home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and yes,...

CO: Health records blowing in the wind

ABC News in Denver reports that confidential patient records from Agape Healthcare in Greenwood Village were found blowing in people’s yards miles away in Aurora. Some of the records were dated earlier this week. Agape Healthcare provides in-home services to those with six months or less to live.

UK: Hospital sent private patient notes to electrician

Nick Hyde of The Blackpool Gazette reports that Blackpool Victoria Hospital has launched an investigation after sensitive and confidential details of dozens of patients were sent to the home of a Blackpool businessman.   This is apparently not the first time this happened, either.   The referral forms sent to him last week relate to...

Ca: Tenants’ private data available on Internet

John Goddard of The Toronto Star reports that private information about 1,393 tenants — including names, addresses, phone numbers, social insurance numbers, mental health issues, children’s names, ages,  where the children go to school, and landlord disputes —  could be accessed online in a database maintained by Landlord’s Source Centre. A tenant discovered the...

Bits ‘n Pieces

In the criminal justice system: As a follow-up to a case previously reported, former Navy petty officer, Cora Dixon, pleaded guilty and accepted a 15-year prison sentence for helping run an identity theft ring. She was accused of using her access to direct deposits at the Fort Worth Reserve Joint Base to take banking...

National City Bank apologizes for misdelivered dividend tax statments

Law firm Prokauer Rose has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office that its client, Developers Diversified Realty Corporation, became aware of a “potential security breach” on or about February 2nd. According to the report (pdf), National City Bank, one of DDR’s dividend disbursing agents, mailed some 1099-DIV tax forms on January 29th. In...

CA: Client data from mortgage broker found in trash

Jeff Overly reports: Folders with personal information for numerous clients of a local mortgage broker sat for days at a public recycling site, overflowing from the tops of several bins in an apparently glaring identity theft risk. The files contained bank account statements, completed tax forms, credit reports and Social Security numbers, among other...

Ca: Ryerson software error exposes limited amount of personal information

Ryerson University today initiated a plan to notify individuals whose personal information may have been exposed due to an isolated software error discovered in the University’s Student Administration System (SAS) which went live with an upgrade on November 17, 2008. Ryerson became aware of the incident when three students voluntarily contacted the University and...