When a BP employee lost a laptop in late March, the personal data belonging to thousands of residents who had filed claims for compensation after the Gulf oil spill were also lost. BP didn’t immediately disclose the incident, but recently disclosed the potential data security breach to The Associated Press. BP said the company had mailed out letters to about 13,000 people, notifying them that their personal data was in the computer. According to a BP spokesman, the people with information on the laptop were all from Louisiana. Apparently, the data belonged to individuals who had filed claims with BP before the Gulf Coast Claims Facility took over the processing of claims in August. Hopefully, folks whose personal data have been compromised won’t be damaged. They have already been hurt enough by BP. But there is certainly a very big risk involved in this lapse.
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