Coca-Cola laptop theft could have compromised info for 74,000: WSJ

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Coca-Cola said on Friday that personal information on as many as 74,000 employees, contractors and suppliers were on laptops that it said were temporarily stolen from its Atlanta headquarters.

The beverage giant told its U.S. and Canadian employees the data on the laptops, which wasn’t encrypted, included names, Social Security numbers and addresses, as well as details like financial compensation and ethnicity.

The company is sending letters to about 18,000 individuals whose names and Social Security numbers were found on the laptops. It also is notifying another 56,000 individuals who had other personal information, primarily driver’s license numbers, stored on the laptops.

A Coca-Cola spokeswoman said the laptops were stolen by a former employee who had been assigned to maintain or dispose of equipment. She didn’t identify the person or say whether that person was an employee when the laptops were transferred.

Coke said company policy requires laptops to be encrypted, but the stolen computers hadn’t yet been encrypted. It didn’t explain the lapse in a memo sent Friday to employees, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). WSJ published this story on 24th January 2014, please read the full story here.

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