Friday, June 16, 2006

Data-Loss Disclosure Falls Short

David Lazarus writes in The San Francisco Chronicle:

Another day, another data leak. Today I bring news of railroad operator Union Pacific, which can make trains run on time throughout California but apparently can't keep track of confidential info affecting its own employees and retirees.

The company recently sent letters to workers acknowledging that an "employee's personal computer" was stolen on April 29. It said the computer contained data for "many" current and former Union Pacific employees, including names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

No other details were provided.

Before we delve deeper into this latest case of missing info, it's worth noting (yet again) how unacceptable it is that companies believe they can get away with providing the barest minimum of disclosure when employees or customers are exposed to a potentially devastating risk of fraud and identity theft.

More here.


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