WI: Personal data was stored on laptop swiped from Madison city hall

Dean Mosiman reports:

Madison officials and employees are complaining that Social Security numbers were stored on a laptop computer stolen from a city office Friday.

The laptop was recovered this morning, but it’s unclear if sensitive information was stolen.

Any official or employee — except those in the police, fire and transit departments — who was issued a new or replacement city identification card from the start of 2004 through 2007 may be at risk of identity theft, Human Resources Director Brad Wirtz said.

The photo, name and Social Security numbers of those employees, potentially 300 to 500 people, including people in the mayor’s office, City Council members and others, are on the laptop, which was stolen from a Human Resources Department office, Wirtz said.

The information is password protected but that may not provide enough protection to prevent identity theft, he said.

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