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Companies Trash Security Policies Along With Sensitive Data

Careless disposal could turn dumpsters into gold mines for data thieves, experts say

Before you declare your organization's sensitive data to be safe, you'd better check your trash. Several companies didn't during the past week, and they're paying the price:

Security experts say such dumping could become more frequent as the economy forces companies to close their doors, with little care paid to old records. Most states do not have disclosure laws regarding paper data loss, so incidents such as these often go unreported, they note.

Companies should review their policies for the disposal of sensitive documents, and do checks to ensure that the policies are being followed, experts say.

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