Monday, April 09, 2007

Nearly 500 IRS Laptops Lost or Stolen Over Three Years

Audit also finds unencrypted data of taxpayers on 44 laptops now in use
Nearly 500 Internal Revenue Service laptops — many likely containing unencrypted personal information of taxpayers — were lost or stolen over a 30-month period ending in June 2006, according to an audit released last month.

The audit, conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that between Jan. 2, 2003, and June 13, 2006, a “large number” of laptops were stolen from the vehicles and homes of IRS employees, while 111 were stolen from various agency facilities.
Although auditors were unable to determine exactly what information was contained on the missing laptops, they did conclude that personal information of taxpayers is not adequately protected.

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