Boeing Loses Laptop with Data on 161,000

19 Nov ’05

eWeek is reporting that Boeing has lost a laptop containing personal information, including banking information, of 161,000 employees:

“We are taking a number of steps to minimize any potential damage that could result from this violation of our security procedures,” Rick Stephens, Boeing human resources senior vice president, said in a statement.

Some of the employee information on the laptop included banking information and birth dates, Boeing said, adding that there was no evidence any of the information was misused. The laptop was not stolen from a Boeing site, the company said. They did not say where the theft took place.

All interesting, etc. etc., but really just another day in the wacky world of data security. For my part, it’s difficult to understand why one would ever need the personal and banking information of 161,000 people on a laptop – so one can read it on the sofa? Or take it to that HR Symposium in Duluth, “just in case”?

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