- Associated Press - Thursday, July 15, 2010

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says the state Teachers' Retirement Board owes its members identity theft protection and an explanation after waiting six months to inform them of a lost flash drive containing retirement data.

Blumenthal said Wednesday he is urging the board to give more than 58,000 members identity theft protection for two years and more details of how the drive vanished and exactly what information it contained.

The attorney general says the board informed his office of the lost drive last December, but did not tell its members until June.

A spokeswoman for the Teachers' Retirement Board said Wednesday the flash drive has yet to be found but was encrypted and contained mainly public information. She said it is considered a low-risk loss, and the delayed response was to not overly concern members.