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Update: Personal Information in Dumpsters Again

Private information found in public dumpster's..

The Texas Attorney General's office is cracking down on business throwing away personal information.

Here locally we continue protecting your identity by doing more digging of our own.

We first dove in to dumpster's two weeks ago... Pulling out everything from social security numbers to copies of drivers licenses. We were back out today checking on the steps business are now taking to ensure personal ID safety.

While rummaging through dumpsters at Pollard Used Cars and Saturn of Amarillo, we noticed quite a change from what we found just two weeks ago.

Last time we were in these dumpsters we found several peoples social security numbers, but they have really caught the message and started shredding which is only safer for the public.

After the shock of seeing what was being thrown out, mangers tell us they made some drastic changes.

Jonathan Williams with Saturn of Amarillo says, "The first step we took was we implemented two tier privacy policy training. Of course we have knocked them both out already. We installed shredders in every single office, so there is no excuse. We made sure everybody understood what the privacy laws are."

Williams said they have also sent the message to employees that no slip up will be tolerated. "There is no excuse, termination will immediately follow."

While these dumpster's were clean, a dealership that had originally checked out... Now had a social security number inside. It was on an employment verification form that amarillo chrysler jeep had filled out... Then threw away. It is important to note that we only found one, as opposed to the several we had found at other dealerships a few weeks ago. When we spoke to management they told us... We have a professional shredding company we use to shred documents. Our employees know the privacy laws.

It's not just businesses here locally that need to be aware of the privacy laws.. Early this month Attorney General Greg Abbott slapped a 50 thousand dollar fine per violation on a popular electronics store for throwing out sensitive information.

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