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11 January 2006 @ 06:05 pm
Safeway fails to protect privacy  
I happen to know someone who retired from Safeway a few years ago. They heard in October that there had been a breach of security in August that resulted in the social security numbers and other information about employees and retirees being on a laptop that was stolen when an employee took it home. There was no explanation for the delay in notifying them so they could see about protecting their identity from theft and put an alert on their credit records.

I expected to see this in the news at some point but apparently they've kept it quiet. I realize my little blog is small potatoes in terms of getting the word out about what I consider a grievous breach of security in this age of identity theft, but I feel I have to do my part.

Apparently many employee records were on the laptop--from California and Hawaii.

There ought to be a law that prevents sensitive records like this from being on laptops that are taken home in the first place. A corporation can have far greater security at work than an employee can ever hope to duplicate at home.

This also highlights yet another reason why we should look at our credit records regularly. One never knows how information about them could get out.
 
 
 
Life Is Change, Princessdangerpudding on January 12th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Any idea if former employee data was there? *cringe*
Tapatitapati on January 12th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what all was included but I'm going to get a copy of the letter they were sent and scan it in so I can post it online. It sounded like retired and current employees were definitely in there and I would think they'd have notified all affected parties when they sent out this letter...I hope so, anyway.

I couldn't believe that they waited but probably they hoped that they'd recover it and be able to keep the whole thing quiet.
jew_witchgirljew_witchgirl on January 14th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
That happened at UC Berkeley as well, from the Social Work office in fact, and it took three months before they mentioned that my SS# number, among other things, was in God knows whose hands.