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Are Doctors' Offices Adequately Protecting Data?

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

October 29, 2010

An audit of information found in Toronto dumpsters has revealed that doctors' offices are frequent offenders when it comes to improperly disposing of personal information, The Toronto Sun reports. The National Association for Information Destruction-Canada (NAID) hired a group of investigators to discover the amount of sensitive data found in commercial dumpsters. Of the 50 dumpsters audited, 75 percent of those at medical facilities contained personal financial or medical information. "The early indications are that a surprising amount of personal information is being put at risk," a NAID spokesman said, adding that medical identity theft is a growing problem and that some business sectors "still don't understand their responsibilities." 
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