Stolen laptop contained AARP employee data

AARP, the nonprofit association oriented to people over age 50, sent a letter to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on June 3, informing Attorney General Ayotte that they had recently learned that a laptop was stolen from an employee’s home.

The laptop, which was stolen on May 22, contained the names, social security numbers, horne addresses andlor dates of birth of some present and former AARP employees, including 14 residents of New Hampshire. The letter did not indicate where the laptop was stolen or how many individuals were affected in total. There was also no mention as to whether any security policies had been violated by an employee having what seems to be unencrypted data on a laptop at home.

AARP arranged for free credit monitoring and restoration services through ID Analytics. As an aside, their notification letter to those affected includes:

(After this one year period you will have no obligation to purchase anything, and you will not be approached by ID Analytics to do so.)

Kudos for thinking about that issue and to ID Analytics for not using such situations as an opportunity to drum up continuing business.

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