New Law Protects You, Shredder Makers
At MSNBC, Bob Sullivan reports “Got a nanny? You need a shredder:”
Even if you ordered a background check on your kid’s coach, or nanny, or — as is the latest trend in online dating — on a prospective blind date, the law applies to you.
Transgressions — such as tossing paperwork containing personal information into a recycling bin, or leaving it on a discarded computer’s hard drive — might be costly. The FTC can sue and obtain fines of up to $2,500 for each instance of neglect. State attorneys general can also enforce the law. Victim consumers can, too. People who spot their old medical forms in a dumpster outside a doctor’s office can obtain damages of up to $1,000, the rule says, if a judge agrees the dumpee was willfully negligent.