9/22/2006

Census Bureau Loses Hundreds of Laptops

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:55 am

The Census Bureau collects the most personal information about Americans, from how much money they earn and where they spend it to how they live and die. It’s all confidential - as long as no one steals it.

Lost or stolen from the Census Bureau since 2003 are 217 laptop computers, 46 portable data storage devices and 15 handheld devices used by survey takers.

Although the number of people affected isn’t known, the Commerce Department reports that passwords, encryptions and other safeguards were in place. Nothing so far indicates a misuse of any information.

Source: AP

 

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