Gila County Health and Emergency Services (Payson WIC Office)

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
March 7, 2012
Payson , AZ
United States
Arizona US
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
1 000
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

A woman found thousands of applications for Women, infants, and Children (WIC) support in a dumpster.  Around 1,000 documents were originally reported in the dumpster.  Additional documents were discovered when a local news team joined the woman at the dumpster a few days later. The applications included copies of drivers licenses, Social Security numbers, medical information, and many other types of sensitive information.  An employee of the state agency said that the forms would normally be properly shredded, but were thrown out in a hurry without being checked.