First Came the Oil Spill: BP Loses Laptop Containing 13,000 Social Security Numbers of Gulf Coast Victims

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A new ComputerWorld article calls it “inexcusable” and points out that “it’s surprising that even companies the size of BP don’t encrypt their laptops as a matter of course these days.” This follows the news that a BP employee recently lost his laptop on a business trip – which contained unencrypted personal data such as names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth belonging to about 13,000 people who had submitted claims with the company related to last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi’s manager of digital content strategy.