Indian consulate tosses sensitive data into recycling center


Thousands of visa applications containing confidential information belonging to individuals in 14 states sat exposed for more than a month in the yard of a California recycling center after being dumped there by the Indian consulate in San Francisco.

The documents contained the names, dates of birth, addresses and other passport details of people who had applied for an Indian visa between 2002 and 2005.

An official at the Indian consulate said the San Francisco facility had run out of storage space and hired a company to take boxes containing the visa paperwork and other documents to a local recycling yard -- where it was assumed they would be destroyed. Instead, the boxes marked "visa applications" were simply dumped in a publicly accessible yard at the recycling center where they remained for more than a month. Indian consulate tosses sensitive data into recycling center

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 14th February 2007 9:22PM