Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced a
lawsuit Jan. 12 against Searchtec Inc., alleging the company repeatedly
disposed of documents containing personal information of consumers by dumping
them in trash receptacles.
Schmidt alleges Searchtec violated Kansas’ Consumer Protection Act by taking documents
with personal consumer information and dropping them in alley dumpsters rather
than shredding them.
alleges the defendants [violated consumer privacy laws] … by repeatedly disposing
of records containing personal information by dumping them in various unsecured
waste receptacles owned by other persons in and about the city of Topeka
without rendering the personal information unreadable or undecipherable,” the
to the lawsuit, the company disposed of documents in a trash receptacle
inside a Topeka post office.
office seeks civil penalties, costs and an injunction that would force the
company to keep better protection of consumer information. The lawsuit was
filed in Shawnee County District Court. District Judge Teresa Watson has issued
a temporary restraining order against Searchtec that prevents the company from
disposing of any more records until the case concludes.