Gap Identity Theft from Stolen Laptop Exposes 800,000 Job Applicants
From the when will companies ever learn file, 800,000
job applicants from the Gap affiliated stores became
the latest identity theft victims due to a stolen laptop
containing unencrypted personal data.
According to a Los Angeles Times report released yesterday:
"The laptop stored Social Security numbers and other data
from people who applied online and by phone from July 2006
to June 2007 for jobs at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and
The laptop in the Gap case was lifted from the offices of a
third-party vendor that manages job applicant data for the
San Francisco-based clothier. Gap would not provide the
vendor's name or details of the theft."
Evidently the 3rd party vendor kept the data unencrypted in
violation of the Gap's agreement and as a result has opened
the Gap to liability to all those 800,000 innocent consumers
becoming identity theft victims.
"Gap is notifying applicants and offering a year of
free credit monitoring services with fraud resolution
So, our tip for today is if you or anyone you know of who
applied for employment during the time period of 07/2006 -
06/2007 for any of the following Gap affiliated branded
retailers within the U.S.A., Puerto Rico, & Canada:
- Old Navy
- Banana Republic & outlets
Contact the Gap immediately to get more details on your free
credit monitoring offer. Their toll free contact number is
Finally, due to the sensitive data which was stolen, make sure
to tell a friend about this important new development as the
usual notification method (USPS mail) allows plenty of time for
an identity thief to open up bogus credit accounts during
this weekend to ruin the unsuspecting victim's credit.