Unshredded confidential papers trashed in CBD a gold mine for data thieves

Unshredded documents with sensitive info discarded with little care by firms in CBD area

Two cartons filled with documents left unattended outside a building in Bonham Street for disposal. The practice raises questions of whether businesses here are too lax about proper disposal of documents.
Two cartons filled with documents left unattended outside a building in Bonham Street for disposal. The practice raises questions of whether businesses here are too lax about proper disposal of documents.ST PHOTOS: MARK CHEONG
The cartons discarded in Bonham Street contained internal bank reports, profit and loss statements, and loan applications of at least $10 million.
The cartons discarded in Bonham Street contained internal bank reports, profit and loss statements, and loan applications of at least $10 million.

Documents containing valuable information are ending up in the trash, unshredded, and making for easy pickings for unauthorised people.

In the narrow alleys of the Central Business District (CBD) and along the Singapore River promenade, garbage bags and boxes stuffed with such papers can be found almost every day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'Confidential papers in trash a gold mine for data thieves'. Print Edition | Subscribe