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Thrift Store Discards Sensitive Information

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According to a report written by Katie McDevitt that was posted to the website of Mesa, Arizona-based, East Valley Tribune on January 6th, a passerby noticed files of personal information blowing around an alley behind a local thrift store.  The man said the first thing that got his attention were photocopied driver’s licenses.  According to the report, the man gathered the records and turned them over to the Tribune.  

An Arizona law signed by the governor on April 25, 2006, requires that personal information be destroyed before it is discarded. The penalty is $100 per record for a first violation and $1,000 for a second. 

While the report includes comments from a spokesperson for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, regarding the law, it was not clear from the report whether or not the Arizona AG would seek action or investigate further. 

However, as seen elsewhere, it was encouraging that the Arizona AG spokesperson did ask that anyone finding casually discarded personal records report it to the attorney general or their county attorney. 

The Tribune promised in the report to turn over the records to state officials. 

Click here to read the entire report.