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Sep 26, 2006

Over 1,000 unencrypted laptops missing

The Washington Post reports that over 1,100 laptops have gone missing from the US Commerce Department since 2001. Congress was told that "1,137 laptops had been stolen, lost or otherwise vanished since 2001, mostly from the Census Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Of these, 249 contained personally identifiable information, nearly all from the Census Bureau. All were password-protected, a low-level safeguard. Only 107 of the computers were fully encrypted." So if the Census Bureau or other parts of the Commerce Department has sensitive data about you on its laptops, you'd better hope it is on the one-in-ten encrypted systems.
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