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Personal Information Found Outside California Superior Court

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An article by Tony Biasotti, which appeared on the website of the Ventura County Star on December 22, 2007 reports that files containing people's Social Security and bank account numbers were found, unshredded, in a trash bin outside of Ventura County Superior Court last month. 

The documents, all of them records from the court's traffic division, were discovered and mailed to The Star by a courthouse employee who asked to remain anonymous. Two subsequent trips to the Ventura courthouse, including one accompanied by a court administrator, did not turn up any other sensitive documents. 

If the court were a private business, its actions would have violated state law. California's civil code requires businesses to take "all reasonable steps" to destroy both paper and electronic records with personal information. 

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