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And an if the people of the Gulf Coast haven't suffered enough...

The Associated Press reports that BP has lost a laptop containing all of the personal information belonging to tens of thousands of residents who filed claims for compensation after the Gulf oil spill.  

According to a BP spokesperson, the laptop was password protected, but not encrypted.  Of course.

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.