- GAP SECURITY BREACH: Gap Inc. said a laptop containing the personal information of an estimated 800,000 job applicants was stolen from the offices of a vendor that manages job applicant data for the company. The laptop contained data for people who applied online or by phone for store positions at Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and outlet stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada between July 2006 and June. Gap said that, because it uses more than one vendor to manage job applicant data, not all people who applied for jobs during that period were affected. Though the information on the laptop was not encrypted, Gap said it doesn't believe the data was the target of the theft or that the personal information has been accessed or used improperly. The company is offering affected applicants a year of free credit-monitoring services with fraud resolution assistance, along with a dedicated 24-hour help line.

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