Data Breach at Fidelity
A laptop computer belonging to Fidelity Investments and containing sensitive data on about 196,000 retirement-account customers was stolen last week, the company said.
The company, the nation's largest mutual fund manager, confirmed reports Thursday that the computer held information on participants in Hewlett-Packard's pension and 401(k) plans and that it had alerted those affected, offering them free credit monitoring for 12 months.
The data included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and other information.
Why was all that information on a laptop in the first place?