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Liability is murky, but employers should still take measures to protect personal data

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It’s not uncommon for thieves to steal an individual’s personal information and use it to commit fraud. Criminals get information from a variety of sources, and increasingly, employers are the target of this kind of computer hacking. Employees are the victims.

Can an employer be held liable for any damage that results from a data breach that leads to identity theft?

Recent case: Shane had worked for Coca-Cola as a technician, repairing equipment in Eastern Pennsylvania.

During the hiring process, Shane supplied personal information, including his home address, telephone number, Social Security number and driver’s license number.

In 2013—long after Shane left the company—Coca-Cola discovered that one of its information technology employees had been taking home old laptop computers that were no longer in use, keeping some for himself and giving away others.

After an investigation, Coca-Cola found that some of those computers s...(register to read more)

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