TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Ameriprise Notifies Clients of Data Theft

Re: Ameriprise Notifies Clients of Data Theft

Tony P. (
Thu, 26 Jan 2006 20:20:39 -0500

In article <>, says...

> By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press Writer

> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ameriprise Financial Inc. said Wednesday it has
> notified about 226,000 people that their names and other personal data
> were stored on a laptop computer that was stolen from an employee's
> vehicle.

> Ameriprise said it has alerted 68,000 current and former financial
> advisers whose names and Social Security numbers were also stored on
> the same computer. About 158,000 clients had only their names and
> internal account numbers exposed. The company says it has more than 2
> million customers and about 10,500 current financial advisers.

> Minneapolis-based Ameriprise said it had received no reports that the
> data lost in the theft had been used improperly. Ameriprise is the
> name of the former American Express Financial Advisors division, which
> New York-based American Express Co. spun off last fall.

> Ameriprise said the theft appeared to be a "random criminal act" and
> that it has been working with law enforcement to recover the laptop,
> which it said was stolen recently from an employee's locked vehicle
> that was parked offsite.

> Company spokesman Steve Connolly said the laptop was stolen in late
> December outside Minnesota, but he declined to say where.

> -

I found out today that Warwick, RI is all strung with Verizon FIOS but
they're waiting for state approval to roll it out.

Also found out that Verizon will either AIP the existing copper plant,
or try to sell it to a CLEC.

I also found out that Providence is still about 5 years off from fiber
because of two factors. First is that it is hideously expensive to to
multi-unit buildings, and second and most important is that Verizon is
running out of money.

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