Confetti used for US Women's soccer victory parade found to be shredded medical records

After clinching the World Cup championship with a 5 to 2 win over Japan, the U.S. Women's soccer team returned home with a lineup of celebrations across the country. At the victory parade in New York, confetti fell around the newly minted champions. This is an expected scene for any celebration, but less expected was that the confetti was made of shredded medical records, according to a WFMY2 report.

According to the report, the strips of confetti displayed protected health information, including prescriptions, patient names and addresses of physician offices.

However, this doesn't appear to be a unique incident, according to the report. In 2012, New York's CBS station reported confetti dropped for the New York Giants Super Bowl parade contained Social Security numbers and medical treatment histories.

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