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Latest Texas Disposal Settlement Nearly $1 Million

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Just a few weeks ago, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced what was then the highest settlement – $600,000 – for violating the state’s destruction requirement. However, as of today, a new record high fine has been established.  

According to a report by Logan Carver appearing on the website of the Avalanche Journal today (July 17th), a national medical company will pay the state of Texas $990,000 for improperly disposing of personal information - virtually all of which will go into a fund created to further enforce the disposal law..

The Attorney General's Office sued Select Physical Therapy Texas Limited Partnership and parent company Select Medical Corp in January of this year after authorities found more than 4,000 pieces of patient information, including names, addresses, treatment details and bank account and Social Security numbers, in a Dumpster behind the medical company's branch in Levelland, TX. Reportedly, the branch had closed in October.

The article also states that the settlement requires the company to implement an amended information security program to protect and safeguard personal information. The settlement terms also require the company to train employees within 120 days on how to safeguard and dispose of records containing personal information.

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