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PII Found in Military Dumpster

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 1, 2010

Heartland News reports that a viewer alerted them after finding high school diplomas, birth certificates and Social Security cards in a dumpster behind a Missouri Armed Forces Recruiting Center. The news station counted dozens of high school diplomas, eight of which contained birth certificates, Social Security cards or both. A statement released by Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Byrom said that a new recruiter who was cleaning out old files, "separating Privacy Act information from non-controlled documents," missed a "limited amount" of documents. The statement said the office will contact all individuals affected and that "The Air Force is actively working with the disposal company involved, as well as the media outlet to which these materials were given, to recover any improperly released information."
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