U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said Tuesday that personal data on about 2.2 million active-duty military and Guard personnel -- not just 50,000 as initially believed -- were among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month.
Earlier this month, Hotels.com revealed that a laptop computer containing the personal information of thousands of the site's customers was stolen.
In late May, a laptop computer containing the credit-card and Social Security numbers, as well as other sensitive information, of roughly 65,000 YMCA members was stolen from a locked office in Rhode Island.
A computer containing data on 232 people and 216 businesses was stolen from a California Department of Financial Institutions employee on May 26.
On May 2, a laptop computer containing the pension data of former employees of supermarket chains Stop & Shop, Giant, and Tops was stolen during a commercial flight. It was not disclosed how many former supermarket employees were affected.
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Personal Information Goes Missing For People Taking State Test
POSTED: 9:00 am EDT June 7, 2006
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TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey personnel officials have alerted law enforcement that pages with personal information went missing from a test-taking site for people seeking state and local law enforcement jobs.
The missing information involved names and Social Security numbers for 1,200 law enforcement candidates, state Personnel Commissioner Rolando Torres Jr. said Tuesday evening.
The information was on 12 pages that disappeared Saturday from the desk of a Personnel Department staff member working at East Orange High School, where law enforcement candidates were preparing to take the Law Enforcement Entry-Level Examination.
The staff member had left the desk to check with a supervisor about whether a law enforcement candidate should be allowed to take the test. When the worker returned, some test-takers had already picked up materials from the desk, Torres said.
"We believe that the information was not taken intentionally and, therefore, do not believe it will be used inappropriately. However, it is our responsibility to ensure that applicants' personal information is properly safeguarded," Torres said.
Torres said all the 1,200 whose information was missing were being notified so they could contact credit agencies to take measures to avoid identity theft. State police had also been notified.
Torres said the agency is considering whether to take disciplinary action against the worker.
A spokesman for Gov. Jon S. Corzine said the governor was deeply disturbed by the case.
"This profound breech of privacy is simply unacceptable and inexcusable," said Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley, who added that the governor was directing all Cabinet officers to review safeguards to protect personal information in files.