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Hawaiian Firm Fined for Records Dumping

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According to the Pacific Business News in an article published on Thursday, July 19, 2007, Fidelity Escrow Services Corp. of Hawaii will pay a $10,000 fine for improperly disposing of 39 boxes of records that contained thousands of customers' Social Security numbers and other financial information, according to the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

A new law that took effect January 1, 2007 required the files to be burned or shredded to keep information from getting into the hands of dumpster-diving thieves.

"We are lucky a Good Samaritan found the records before criminals did," said Levins, executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection. "Otherwise, this veritable gold mine of information undoubtedly would have been exploited by identity thieves."

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