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Personal Data Found on Chicago Streets

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 1, 2010

Hundreds of partially shredded documents containing sensitive, personal information--including Social Security numbers--were found on a Chicago street last week, the Chicago Tribune reports. It is unclear who is responsible for the breach. A Privacy Rights Clearinghouse official notes that papers intended to be destroyed are often subject to data breaches. But Christopher Wolf of the Future of Privacy Forum says tougher data security laws have spurred more awareness in this area. "Companies know they can't put sensitive records on the curbside or throw them in the dumpster," Wolf says. "It's not to say that never happens, but it's rarer."   
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