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Property Management Apologizes for Disposal of Client Data

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A Fresno, CA real estate company has apologized for leaving dozens of files containing clients' personal information in a dumpster, according to a report by Christine Park of local ABC-affiliate KFSN.

The TV station was alerted to the incident by another real estate professional who, although remaining anonymous, expressed his disgust in the callous disregard for clients’ private information.

The report further states that the files have been placed in the custody of the state’s Department of Real Estate (DRE), which is looking into the matter. The DRE says the California Civil Code requires businesses to implement reasonable security procedures to protect customers' personal information. The DRE failed to mention that the state also has a law requiring the destruction of discarded personal information.

A spokesperson for the firm blamed the incident on employee error.

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