BP loses oil spill complainants’ personal data

Oil giant BP has informed thousands of people seeking compensation for last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that their personal data was on a laptop mislaid by one of its employees.

The company wrote letters to 13,000 compensation claimants informing them of the breach and offering to pay for credit monitoring, the AP news agency reported yesterday. BP said the data was password protected but not encrypted.

The laptop was lost by the employee during “routine business travel”, BP said.

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