When you’re putting records in the trash, shred or otherwise destroy them first. You’d think that would be an elementary security rule. For most people, probably, it is.
But then, there’s the former owners of a medical billing practice in Massachusetts, along with some doctors, who just agreed to pay $140,000 to settle a complaint that they tossed medical records for more than 67,000 residents of the state into “a public dump as is – no redacting, no shredding, no nothing.” This from a report on nakedsecurity, based on a press release by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Security definitely extends to what people share when they think their sharing is for rightful purposes and protected. In the Massachusetts instance, the records were discovered by a Boston Globe photographer as he was tossing his own trash into a dump in Georgetown, Mass., in 2010.