May 16, 2007

Privacy and Security Watch: IBM loses tapes with personal information on current and former employees

It seems even the great IBM can be affected by such problems as losing tapes containing social security numbers and other personal information on employees and retirees, along with records of customer transactions.

According to this article, "An outside vendor was transporting the tapes from one IBM facility to another on Feb. 23 when the tapes fell out of a contractor's vehicle in Westchester County, N.Y., not far from IBM headquarters in Armonk. IBM representatives went to the scene and couldn't find the tapes."

For some reason, only some of the missing tapes were encrypted.

Richard Kuper
The Kuper Report