Campus News

Berkeley warns of possible data theft

Campus police at the University of California, Berkeley, are investigating the theft of a laptop computer with files containing Social Security numbers, addresses and other information of more than 98,000 people.

The university-owned laptop was stolen March 11 from a restricted area in the student administration building. University of California policy requires personal data files to be encrypted for privacy protection. However, the files on the stolen laptop were downloaded for internal campus research the previous day and had not yet been encrypted.