Stolen laptop puts Starbucks workers' IDs at risk

Stolen laptop puts Starbucks workers' IDs at risk »Play Video
SEATTLE -- Starbucks Corp. has issued a troubling e-mail to more than half of its workforce, alerting workers a stolen laptop could put the personal information of 97,000 employees in jeopardy.

"We are writing to inform you of a recent incident that may have involved a breach of your private information (including name, address and social security number)," stated the e-mail sent out on Monday.

According to Starbucks, the laptop was stolen back on October 29 at an unspecified location. It's unclear why the company waited four weeks to notify its employees.

So far, there's no indication the data has been misused. Still, the company is advising employees to monitor their financial accounts, and be on the lookout for signs of identity theft.

This is not the first time Starbucks has had employees' personal information compromised due to a laptop theft.

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.

On Monday, on a popular blogging site for Starbucks workers, comments echoed nervousness from those who got the emailed warning.

"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.

To help those 97,000 workers keep on the lookout for identity theft, Starbucks is providing them with a full year of credit watch service for free.

Starbucks could not be reached for comment.