The Wall Street Journal
January 25, 2014

Coca-Cola says unencrypted laptops stolen by former employee. Credit: eschipul via Flickr
Coca-Cola says unencrypted laptops were stolen by former employee. Credit: eschipul via Flickr

Coca-Cola Co. said on Friday that personal information on as many as 74,000 employees, contractors and suppliers were on laptops that it said were temporarily stolen from its Atlanta headquarters.

The beverage giant told its U.S. and Canadian employees the data on the laptops, which wasn’t encrypted, included names, Social Security numbers and addresses, as well as details like financial compensation and ethnicity.

Coke said the laptops were later retrieved and it has “no indication” the personal information had been misused. It didn’t say how it learned of the theft or how the computers were recovered.

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