Blood Donor Data Stolen

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DALLAS (AP) - A laptop containing personal information from
thousands of blood donors -- including Social Security numbers and
medical histories -- has been stolen from a Dallas-area office of
the American Red Cross.

But Red Cross officials note that the information was encrypted. Therefore, a spokesman for the organization says they were not yet viewing it as a security breach.

The laptop was one of three stolen from a locked closet in the
Farmers Branch office of the American Red Cross in May, but the two
others did not contain the personal information.

A Red Cross spokeswoman says that local officials alerted the police and the national office after the disappearances.

However, donors were not notified about the missing information,
which officials said involves all regional Red Cross blood donors
over recent years.