Thief steals Continental Airlines laptop with biometric and other personal data

Sometime between December 31 and January 2, a laptop was stolen from a locked Continental Airlines’ office in Newark. The laptop contained personal information on employees, vendors, and new hire candidates.

The laptop, which was used for background security checks, contained confidential files on 230 individuals, including their names, Social Security numbers, fingerprint images, dates of birth, and other personal information.

Neither the notification letter [pdf] to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office nor the letter to the affected individuals mentioned anything about whether there was any security at all on the stolen laptop.

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