[ Monday, June 05, 2006 ]
Non-Healthcare Identity Theft:
Two new stories over the weekend of loss of personal information that could lead to identity theft. One involves Royal Ahold
, the Dutch company that runs the US grocery stores Giant, Stop & Shop, and Tops, which reported that a laptop containing social security numbers and other information on employees was lost when an employee of a data vendor to the company, EDS, disappeared on a commercial flight (the EDS employee was asked to check the bag with the computer because the overhead bins were full; I'm guessing the employee was carrying a purse or something that went under the seat in front of her).
The second involves Hotels.com
, and also involves a vendor, this time Ernst & Young. An E&Y employee's laptop was stolen; the laptop had information on about a quarter million Hotels.com customers. The information included credit card information of the customers. The laptop was password-protected, but apparently the information was no encrypted.
Jeff [4:04 PM]
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