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    Texas Attorney General Charges Petroleum Wholesale for Failing to Protect Customer Data

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed charges against Petroleum Wholesale, Inc., (a Houston-based business with stores in 10 states) after it was revealed the company improperly discarded customer records that contained Social Security numbers, bank account information, and other sensitive data.

    According to the Attorney General’s office:

    Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) discovered that the company improperly discarded hundreds of customer records in a publicly-accessible trash container outside its former headquarters. According to investigators, the records included sales receipts with customers’ names and full credit or debit card numbers with expiration dates. The records also included returned checks, along with forms listing customers’ names, banking routing numbers, driver’s license and Social Security numbers.

    Petroleum Wholesale is charged “with violating the 2005 Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act, which requires the safeguarding and proper destruction of clients’ sensitive personal information” and “with violating Chapter 35 of the Business and Commerce Code, which requires businesses to develop retention and disposal procedures for their clients’ personal information.”

    View sample receipts found by investigators here (pdf) and the state’s petition here (pdf).

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