Archive for January, 2011

NEW WRITTEN DESTRUCTION PROCEDURES REQUIREMENT PROPOSED IN MASSACHUSETTS LAW

Monday, January 31st, 2011

In Massachusetts, Representative William Straus’ bill (H 3427), pending in the state House of Representatives, sets forth a requirement for organizations to have written procedures for the disposal of personal information.
 
Specifically, the new law would require “Implementing and monitoring compliance with polices and procedures that require the burning, pulverizing or shredding of papers containing personal information so that the information cannot practicably by read or reconstructed; and Implementing and monitoring compliance with policies and procedures that require the destruction or erasure of electronic media and other non-paper media containing personal information so that the information cannot practicably by read or reconstructed.”
 
Readers in Massachusetts wishing to indicate their support for the proposed law should contact their state house representative via telephone, letter, or email.
 
It is important to note that contacting your representative is crucial to advancing the bill, however, out of district and out of state support can sometimes be detrimental to the bill’s passage. If you are a Massachusetts resident, please use this link to locate your representative.

MILTON, CARNEY HOSPITAL RECORDS FOUND AT DUMP IN GEORGETOWN

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Boston, Massachusetts – www.patriotledger.com
 
August 13, 2010- Thousands of records from four area hospitals were found at local dump, exposing sensitive patient data. Under Massachusetts law medical records must be disposed in a way that protects patient privacy, which courts have interpreted as shredding or burning. At press time there was no mention of an investigation or potential consequences—however, NAID will continue to follow this story in the future.
 
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PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION FOUND IN DUMPSTER

Monday, January 31st, 2011

April 26, 2010- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a warning that as many as 1,800 residents may have had their personal information compromised by the Department’s failure to properly dispose of documents. The agency stated that it is making every attempt to notify affected individuals. Department policy is to shred the documents, and according to the agency the employee who failed to follow that policy has been terminated.

WOMAN GETS PRISON OVER IRVING TEACHERS ID THEFT

Monday, January 31st, 2011

www.statesmen.com – Austin , Texas
February 5, 2010- Sharon Denise Seeley from Bedford , Texas , was sentenced to 34 years in prison for stealing the identities of teachers and other school district employees. Ms. Seeley was sentenced to two years of prison for each count of identity theft, and claimed that the data came from a binder thrown in a trash bin. The binder contained the personal data of 3,200 district employees. Several teachers testified regarding the impact of Ms. Seeley’s actions, stating that the theft financially ruined them. In addition, the school district is compensating the victims for some of their loss.
 
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