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Investigation into Confidential Confetti at Thanksgiving Parade

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Many threats of identity theft come from phishing scams, hacked computers, or the occasional dumpster document dump.  Not this one. Everyone who attended the Thanksgiving parade in New York had a chance to pick up some confidential information.
 
Among the crowds at the Thanksgiving day parade was this young man, Ethan Finkelstein, and among the floats, balloons, and marching bands, somebody threw confetti. It sounds harmless, but a piece of it stuck onto the coat of one of Finkelstein's friends.


"It landed on her shoulder, Finkelstein said. "She looked at it, she picked it off her jacket, and it says SSN, and then there's a number, and it's written like a social security number, and we're like, 'that's really bizarre.'"

The social security numbers and other information made the college freshman concerned, so he and his friends picked up more.

"There are phone numbers on it, addresses, more social security numbers, license plates' numbers, and then we find these incident reports from police."

In fact, some of the confetti strips mentioned arrest records and had official police reports.

"This was really shocking, 'cause it says, 'about 4:30 a.m., a homemade pipe bomb was thrown outside a home in the kings grant area.'"

A closer look showed a partial logo, and they figured out that the documents were from the Nassau County Police Department. There was even information about Mitt Romney's motorcade, apparently from the final presidential debate, in Nassau County last month.

 Most important, confetti identified detectives, some apparently undercover, with their social security numbers, dates of birth, and other highly-sensitive confidential information that we're concealing.

"I'm just completely in shock that, well, how can people have this type of sensitive information, and why is it being shredded and being distributed at the thanksgiving day parade," Intestine explains.

Nassau County Police say they're very concerned and are launching an investigation, as well as reviewing how they dispose of sensitive documents.

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