Yet another retailer has had a security breach. This time, it was the Gap:

“SAN FRANCISCO – A thief stole a laptop computer containing unencrypted personal information of 800,000 people who applied for jobs at Gap Inc., the clothing retailer announced Friday.”

link: Stolen laptop has Gap applicants’ confidential, unencrypted data

The obvious question is ‘why were these data not encrypted?’. One would think that, in light of all the national and international press about security breaches, a major retailer like Gap would have mandated strict encryption standards. Undoubtedly, this issue will be raised when the lawsuits are filed.

Catherine Forsythe
Director of Operations
FlyingHamster: http://flyinghamster.com/

[tags]gap, encryption, data breach, privacy, security, identity theft, lawsuits[/tags]