Boeing announced last week it fired an employee who it said violated company policy by downloading sensitive information onto a laptop without using encryption technology. Boeing took the action after learning the laptop, which contained personal information about 382,000 Boeing employees and retirees, had been stolen from a car. The theft of the laptop put those whose information was on the machine at risk for identity theft.
Thein roughly a year in which a laptop containing sensitive personal information about Boeing employees and other individuals was stolen. A laptop stolen in April contained personal information on about 3,600 people, and one stolen in late 2005 contained information on 161,000.