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San Francisco City Agency Involved in Disposal Breach

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As chronicled on the webpage of San Francisco-based TV station KTVU on July 23rd, the personal information of thousands was put at risk when a city agency placed confidential files in a curbside recycling bin accessible to the general public. According to the report, one of the station’s cameramen caught two individuals with pick-up trucks stopping briefly before hauling away armloads of paper. When the cameraman then took a closer look at what the men were taking, he found confidential documents from the San Francisco Human Services Department.

The TV station reports that San Francisco officials have now imposed a number of reforms, including many more secure waste paper disposal sites, new training for employees, and a new policy of never placing any garbage cans out on the street at the Department of Human Services.

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