Administaff Laptop Goes Missing

Administaff says a company laptop containing personal information about its employees has been missing since October 3.

Although the computer is password-protected, personal information was not saved in an encrypted location, which the company says is a violation of its policies.

This confidential data was being compiled in response to a governmental reporting requirement and included names, addresses, and Social Security numbers for most worksite employees paid by Administaff in 2006, the company disclosed in a statement.

The company says it is notifying the approximately 96,000 former worksite employees and approximately 63,000 current worksite employees in writing and will offer one year of free credit monitoring services with fraud resolution assistance.

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The company says there is no evidence to suggest the information stored on the computer has been accessed or misused.

Earlier this month, retailer The Gap reported that a company laptop with personal information had been stolen. Personal data included Social Security numbers for about 800,000 people who applied online or by phone for store positions with the company’s Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap, and outlet stores between July 2006 and June 2007.

The laptop was allegedly stolen from one of the retailer’s third-party vendors. The Gap says not every job applicant was affected since it uses more than one vendor to manage job applicant data. Since that time, Taleo, one of the Gap’s vendors, has stated it was not the vendor responsible for the data theft.

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