By Linda Rosencrance
August 21, 2006
In yet another incident involving a stolen laptop, Chevron Corp.
confirmed last week that it is searching for a password-protected system
that was taken on Aug. 5 from an unidentified accounting firm doing work
The laptop contained the names and Social Security numbers of an
undisclosed number of current and former Chevron employees, according to
a statement that the San Ramon, Calif.-based company e-mailed to
The accounting firm was analyzing data as part of Chevron's regular
efforts to demonstrate compliance with federal regulations governing
employee benefits programs, according to the energy conglomerate. The
theft has been reported to the appropriate authorities, and Chevron said
that the laptop doesn't contain any data related to customers or
"Chevron is taking steps to avoid any recurrence, including reviewing
and enhancing our security procedures for sharing information with
outside accounting firms," the company said in the statement. It added
that it wouldn't provide additional information about the theft for now
out of concern that doing so "may be to the advantage of whoever
currently has the laptop."
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