Laptop Stolen from Broker Has Villanova Insured Driver Data

November 8, 2006

A laptop computer stolen from an insurance brokerage firm contained the names, birth dates and driver’s license numbers of more than 1,200 Villanova University students and staff members, the school said Thursday.

No Social Security numbers were involved, said Kenneth G. Valosky, Villanova’s vice president for finance.

Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs notified clients, including Villanova, immediately after the company determined what information was on the laptop, which was stolen in September, said Chris Schwyter, the company’s senior vice president.

The password-protected computer contained data on students and staff members who are insured to drive university vehicles. About three-quarters of those affected were students, said Valosky, whose name was among those in the laptop.

The university notified the drivers last week, Valosky said. There have been no reports of misuse so far, but affected students and staff will receive credit-monitoring services anyway, Schwyter said.

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