In 2010 NAID contracted an investigation group to conduct an audit of information found in 50 Toronto dumpsters over a span of 2 months.
- 14% of the garbage contained confidential information.
- 75% of the doctor’s offices had personal financial or medical information in their trash.
- 20% of the healthcare sector – which includes doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, testing labs and extended care facilities – were found to be discarding personal information in a publicly accessible manner.
Thieves frequently target dumpsters in order to steal personal information that they can sell. (Source: Toronto Sun October 28, 2010)
All of this could have been prevented if these offices had implemented a Standard Operating Procedure for the safe storage and timely destruction of sensitive records. Our Shred All Policy is a great guide to make sure all your employees know how to handle all the records that your business deals with on a daily basis.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in, day out.”—R. Collier