I’ve said in other blog posts that of all the ways data breaches happen, nothing riles me as much as the careless, contemptuous—maybe even criminal—dumping of records into publicly accessible dumpsters.
And, here we go again. This time the thousands of records contain personal and financial information of nurses who used to be associated with Code Blue Staffing Solutions—the company’s name and logo are present through the 30 to 40 boxes or records found dumped behind India Tree Spices in Seattle.
Code Blue, formerly headquartered in Albuquerque, has been out of business for years, but used to place traveling nurses in jobs. Andrew Turner, the company’s founder, moved from Albuquerque to a Seattle neighborhood only three miles from where the boxes of records were found.
Each Monday morning for at least three weeks running, India Tree Spices employees came into work and discovered the boxes in the business’ unlocked trash receptacles.
Eric Dillon, an India Tree Spices employee, told Amy Clancy, a reporter with Seattle TV station KIRO, the files include medical records, Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, financial records, legal documents, bank records and W2s.
On the KIROTV.com website, Clancy reported that despite several attempts to reach Turner by phone, he never returned the calls.
She did, however, make contact with nurses whose information was within the files. One said she felt vulnerable. Another said she was angry. Yet another said she was extremely upset and that she assumed her records would be safe.
Apparently, none of us can any longer assume that our records will be safe.