In a survey of commercial trash bins in the Sydney metropolitan area, 11 percent contained personal confidential information readily accessible to passersby and identity thieves. Of the more than 80 businesses surveyed, primarily bank branches and lawyers’ and doctors’ offices had confidential information in their trash bins.
The investigation, commissioned by the National Association for Information Destruction-ANZ (NAID-ANZ), took place in January and February 2013. A licensed private investigator casually examined the contents of publicly accessible trash bins used by businesses with an established responsibility to protect client data. According to the NAID-ANZ spokesperson, the study was designed to discover the relative percentage of confidential trash that might be available on any given day at a cross section of data-sensitive organisations.
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Content provided and republished with the permission of NAID-ANZ.