Missing: Personal Information on Thousands of Alaskans

Personal information about more than 77,000Alaskans is missing — and officials are concerned that it might have been the result of identity theft. The people involved were teachers, state employees or retirees in 2004 or earlier. Attorney General Daniel Sullivan says accountants with Price Waterhouse Coopers were doing contract work for the state in a lawsuit against Mercer, Inc. the state retirement system’s former actuary. Price Waterhouse Coopers has accepted responsibility for the lost documents — and has agreed to cover the cost of protecting those whose information could have been compromised.   Sullivan says the company will pay for credit monitoring or credit security freezes — and it will reimburse any Alaskans for losses as a result of the security breech.  He says there’s no indication that any of the information has been misused.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

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