Novato’s Academy Studios closes doors; sensitive employee records found in waste container

Richard Halstead reports:

Academy Studios of Novato, which built exhibits for some of the top museums in the world, closed in April after more than 23 years in business.

In a related development, an auction house scrambled to gather the company’s paperwork last week after reports that personnel records containing sensitive information on former Academy Studios employees were discarded in a Dumpster and left in an abandoned filing cabinet after a final auction of company assets.


Stompe said, “I kept looking and found about 150 I-9 forms, which have Social Security numbers, birth dates, copies of passports and drivers license numbers.”

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