Yahoo! News is reporting that a laptop containing the personal information (e.g., names, social security numbers, birth dates) of over 20,000 active duty National Guard and Reservists, as well as 30,000 Navy personnel, was stolen from a Veterans Administration employee on May 3rd.
Beyond the crime itself, veterans are upset that the VA waited three weeks to inform them.
I've posted about ID theft before (and here and here), as well as the need for Congress to enact real privacy protections.
Addendum: According to today's Washington Post, the theft actually affected 2.2 million military personnel - up to 80 percent of those in active duty.
I wonder whether it should be considered a national security issue?
(Again) When will Congress act?