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The oil giant BP now notifying thousands of people who filed claims related to that enormous spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Of a potential breach in their personal information.
BP company officials say a laptop containing names addresses birth dates and Social Security numbers.
Thousand gulf -- has disappeared just a moment here.
Somebody had a laptop with thirteen thousand claim -- names addresses Social Security numbers and all the rest on one laptop.
And now it's gone either they lost it -- somebody stole it they don't seem to know thanks BP.
So far the company claims there is no evidence anybody's gotten a hold of information but the laptop is only protected by a password and it is not encrypted.
So somebody -- just a little bit a time or a sliver of know how could possibly.
Get a treasure trove of sensitive data.
For its part we're told BP is providing security and identity theft monitoring for those affected.
But some Gulf Coast residents say it's just par for the course.
With -- -- -- on the mountain reporter for the Washington Post jolt the residents of the Gulf Coast.
Have been beaten and and spat on and now stolen from.
If it's terrible I mean you can imagine getting that.
Notification from BP -- by the way we've lost all your personal data your Social Security number who knows where it's got.
This is a case where.
Before many years to come is going to be graded on a curve.
And that curve is not going the direction they would like it to go I mean there are going to be viewed partially it's another example of now this company.
Might not be fundamentally competent that's how people -- view this and if it's still looks bad for -- for BP.
If you -- -- you know truthfully though don't it looked bad for BP before the worst oil spill in American history happen.
Their history in the state of Texas and beyond is one of enormous trouble and everybody just seem to look the other way.
-- You know they have the the Texas City explosion.
They had had.
Pipeline breaks and then of course.
Last April 20 you know they had this blow out.
And you know BP is corrected it it was BP and its contractors that -- you know working together on this thing and there -- many reasons this thing.
This book that the macondo well blew out.
And I'm sure they have ex explanations for why they lost.
The laptop or had it stolen and maybe it'll turn out to be a more benign event is possible that the information was was not actually.
Used by anyone who who got this laptop.
But this is a company that needs to build credibility now and build trust.
Not squandered away would would starts like this.
Joe Buck buck Jill thanks very much -- -- --
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