New Orleans, LA (AP) - BP says one of its employees lost a laptop
containing personal data belonging to thousands of residents who
filed claims for compensation after the Gulf oil spill.
The oil giant disclosed the potential data security breach to The Associated Press on Tuesday, but BP spokesman Curtis Thomas
says the company doesn't have any evidence that claimants' personal
information has been misused.
Thomas said the company mailed out letters Monday to roughly
13,000 people, notifying them that their data was in the computer.
The data belonged to individuals who filed claims with BP before
the Gulf Coast Claims Facility took over the processing of claims
in August. BP paid roughly $400 million in claims before the switch.
As of Tuesday, it had paid roughly $3.6 billion to 172,539
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