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Personal Data From Research Institute Found in Trash Bin

http://www.washingt onpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/17/AR2007081702623_pf.html

Washington Post
By Martin Weil

Boxes of file folders containing personal data as well as forms apparently connected to an Army medical research facility were found yesterday in a trash receptacle in Wheaton, Montgomery County police said.

Police said that the folders "contained personal information of individuals" and that "some of the forms appear to be related to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research."

A resident found "numerous boxes" containing the old file folders in the 3300 block of Weeping Willow Court about 1 p.m., the police said last night in a statement.

The research institute, based in Silver Spring, describes itself as the Pentagon's largest and most diverse biomedical research laboratory.

Police said the boxes were intact, suggesting that no personal information had been compromised. Police said they were holding the files pending an investigation of how they came to be in the trash receptacle.

Police said that the research institute was notified. Officials at the institute could not be reached immediately last night.