- The Washington Times - Friday, June 2, 2006

BOSTON (AP) — A laptop computer containing the pension data of former employees of supermarket chains Stop & Shop, Giant and Tops, including their Social Security numbers, was stolen during a commercial flight, according to the supermarkets’ parent company.

The U.S. subsidiary of Dutch parent company Royal Ahold and a contractor whose employee lost the computer early last month declined to say how many former supermarket employees were affected.

The former employees were notified by letter last week. The letter said the missing information is used to determine benefit eligibility. It included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, benefit amounts and related administrative information, the letter said.

A spokesman for Landover-based Ahold USA said yesterday that there were no indications that any of the stolen data had been misused, although the case remained under investigation.

The laptop belonging to an Electronic Data Systems (EDS) employee contained information about retirees and other former employees of Ahold subsidiaries who have pension benefits, Ahold USA spokesman Barry Scher said. Current employees were not affected.

Ahold owns four chains in the Eastern U.S.: Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop; Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food; Landover-based Giant Food; and Buffalo-based Tops Markets.

The four chains have a combined current work force of about 139,000.

EDS spokeswoman Kimberly Walton said she could not disclose how many former employees of Ahold subsidiaries were affected because it “would put the information at greater risk.”

The computer was password-protected, but the sensitive information was not encrypted, Ms. Walton said.

The laptop went missing May 2 during a commercial flight between Philadelphia and Boston, Ms. Walton said. She would not identify the airline or provide additional details.

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