Friday, November 14, 2014

Coca-Cola Guards Best-Kept Secret in US But Not 55 Laptops - An Employee Sues

Coca-Cola is facing a potential class-action lawsuit after one of the people whose personal data was on one of a clutch of laptops stolen from the company says he suffered identity theft as a result of the breach.

Laptops thefts are a common occurrence for most large organizations but the circumstances surrounding the loss of 55 laptops over a six-year period from the drinks giant’s Atlanta office and a bottling firm it acquired were always puzzling.

Made public on 24 January this year, it turned out that an employee, Thomas William Rogers III, had allegedly taken the machines without their loss being realized. The machines contained the records of 74,000 people, all current or former employees, including 18,000 revealing social security numbers. (more)

Moral - Encrypt your laptop data.