Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged Treatment Associates of Victoria Inc., with violating the Texas Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act. According to court documents, the San Antonio-based drug testing and rehabilitation facility violated a state law that requires businesses to protect their customers’ sensitive information.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) launched an investigation after reports indicated that Treatment Associates had unlawfully dumped bulk client records in publicly-accessible garbage containers. According to OAG investigators, the defendant exposed 44 clients’ sensitive personal and medical information, including Social Security numbers, private medical history and substance abuse records. The files also contained private information that clients shared during counseling sessions, as well as the personal information of clients’ family members and other third parties.