State HHS Records Discarded
On November 21, 2008 KRGV TV in Weslaco, Texas reported that personal information including names, addresses and Social Security numbers were found in a dumpster located by the offices of Texas Department of Health and Human Services in Harlingen, Texas. The personal information found in the dumpster turned out to be official state documents.
State officials in Austin said, “It’s our job to keep the records safe and secure. Obviously something happened. We’ll be launching an investigation to see if there are any improvements we need to make.”
The state officials in Austin need to investigate secure storage and destruction of government documents in order to avoid potential identity theft, fines and bad press in the future.