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Article Discusses Problem of Abandoned Records

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An article by Deborah Gage posted on the website of the San Francisco Chronicle on July 3rd discusses the issue of abandoned records and how proposed state legislation in California would provide some guidance and protection for organizations like property managers and records storage companies who find themselves left holding the records when the owner disappears. 

The proposed law is the product of a workgroup formed by the state’s California Office of Privacy Protection. NAID participated in the workgroup, and one of the key issues NAID championed was that self storage operators no longer be allowed to auction off abandoned records to the highest bidder.  This is an inadvertent but common occurrence when self storage customers—who are often businesses—go under. 

The legislation would make that practice illegal as well as requiring legacy custodians—those left with the abandoned record—to properly destroy them. If the proposed legislation passes, it is likely other states will follow California’s lead. 

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