RALEIGH - A state-owned laptop computer with personal information about 85,045 North Carolina residents was stolen last month in Atlanta, state officials announced today.
The information included the full Social Security numbers of 52,391 clients of the state Division of Aging and Adult Services, said Lori Walston, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services. It also included personal data about 32,645 additional clients, including the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.
The information was protected by password, Walston said.
Why can't these state employees safe guard their laptops? This is the first time some like this has happen.
More than three-quarters of US companies that responded to a recent survey said they lost laptops in the past year that held sensitive data.
Why are these people allow to have this data with them at all. This type of data should never be on a laptop at all, if the person is traveling. They should have only very limit data on them, only what they need for what ever meeting they are going to.