State officials report theft of laptop containing personal information

August 30, 2007

Associated Press

Maryland officials say a laptop computer containing personal information on people with state licenses has been stolen.

The Maryland Department of the Environment says the laptop was stolen from a vehicle. It contains four databases that include personal information related to licenses issued by four state boards.

State officials say the data is password-protected and therefore unlikely to be accessed. However, the department released a statement calling the theft a "significant breach of security."

An investigation is underway, and in the meantime, state officials say they have notification letters to people who may be affected. The state has also alerted major credit bureaus.

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