University employees told private data is on stolen laptop

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials say personal and financial information on more than 900 current and former employees were contained in a laptop computer stolen from a university consultant who was vacationing in Rome.

They work or worked for the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The university's offered them a year of identity theft protection.

The consultant helps manage the institute's employee retirement benefits. The names, Social Security numbers, home and email addresses and financial account information on the laptop were password-protected but not encrypted, which would have provided extra security.

A University of Nebraska system spokeswoman says the university has no reason to believe the thief has tried to access the information.