The Federal Trade Commission requires employers to dispose of their consumer reports in any such manner that discourages or impedes identity theft. Credit checks, criminal records, and references that are often gathered in hiring employees are all examples of consumer reports under this rule. It is recommended to destroy these document types by shredding, burning or pulverizing. Simply throwing them into a trash can is prohibited.
For more detailed information, go to the FTC Web site at ftc.gov.