A stolen laptop contained personal information of nearly half of Starbucks’ workforce.

How many victims? 97,000.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses and Social Security numbers.

What was the response? A letter was sent out to affected individuals and Starbucks is providing them with a year of credit watch service for free.

Details: The laptop was stolen on Oct. 29 at an unspecified location.

Two years ago, the personal information of more than 60,000 employees and contractors were compromised when four computers disappeared. At the time, the company said it was implementing a policy that forbids putting critical data such as social security numbers on mobile equipment.

Quote: "This is very frustrating! I try so hard to watch who I give my personal information to and the company I work for doesn't seem to have any security guarding my information," one commenter wrote.

Source: Komonews.com, KOMO News, Seattle., “Stolen laptop puts Starbucks workers' IDs at risk,” Nov. 24, 2008.