By Dean Mosiman
Jan 26, 2009
An oversight by the city of Madison's personnel office is why Social
Security numbers of 300 to 500 city employees were stored on a laptop
computer stolen Friday from an office in the City-County Building.
The laptop was found about two blocks from the City-County Building on
South Hamilton Street and turned over to police Monday morning, who
determined late in the afternoon that no sensitive information was
The theft, however, put a scare into many and raised questions about
city security of personal information.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz expressed concern about the incident and ordered a
review of security specific to the situation, spokeswoman Rachel
The city laptop was taken from a "relatively secure location" in the
fifth-floor Human Resources Department offices in the City-County
Building, Wirtz said.
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