Your personal information that puts you at risk for identity theft could be in the hands of an employee who carelessly posts on web sites, an employee who takes a laptop home without authorization and doesn’t secure it or a prospective buyer that you know nothing about who lets your private information get stolen.
In August 2006, the Veteran’s Administration contacted approximately 16,000 individuals regarding a theft of computer equipment containing veteran;s benefits information. In another instance over 26.5 million social security numbers were stolen when a federal employee’s laptop computer was stolen. How did this information get stolen? Wasn’t it protected by the government somehow?