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Sensitive medical records dumped in public Allentown recycling bin

A mid the pizza boxes and newspapers discarded in bins at Allentown’s recycling center, blue files in a bin reserved for office paper stood out.

“Patient has a history of herpes,” read a sheet in one file, with a woman’s name, date of birth and other identifying information clearly visible at the top. “High risk HPV,” read another that also conspicuously listed a name, address and birth date. Pages just beneath those revealed Social Security numbers, scanned images of driver’s licenses and cancer histories.

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