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Firm To Pay Civil Penalty After Laptop Theft

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 27, 2012

A Massachusetts property management company will pay $15,000 in civil penalties after the theft of an employee's laptop that contained the unencrypted information of up to 621 residents. Attorney General Martha Coakley said in her announcement, "It is incredibly important that businesses ensure that laptops and other technology have the necessary encryption to protect consumers from identity theft." The company is also required to enhance the security of data on portable devices, including by using encryption and properly training employees. The company has found no evidence that the data was inappropriately accessed.
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