GM notifying more than 800 workers of personal information breach

Melissa Burden reports:

General Motors Co. said Friday that 883 active and retired GM workers may have had their personal information exposed — including Social Security numbers — after a GM employee copied personal information just before retiring in May.

“GM has completed an investigation of this incident and is contacting the affected individuals to inform them of precautionary steps they can take to protect against possible identity fraud,” the company said in a statement. “No cases of fraud have been reported related to this incident.”

The company said a former GM employee copied two electronic spreadsheets with names and Social Security numbers, according to a July 27 letter GM sent to an affected GM retiree obtained by The Detroit News. Upon a security review of the incident, GM confirmed they had found a deleted file on the former employee’s computer, according to the letter.

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