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Company Fined for Improper Document Disposal

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 8, 2011

WREX 13 News reports on the Office of the State of Illinois Director of Insurance's decision to fine an insurance company for its improper disposal of private insurance documents. MetLife must pay a fine of $75,000 and provide credit fraud protection for those customers who may have been affected when a former sales office discarded clients' personal documents in a dumpster without shredding them. The documents, which remained in the dumpster for up to four days, included such information as Social Security numbers, birth dates and account balances.
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