Gap Inc. - 2007

A laptop containing the personal information of certain job applicants was recently stolen from the offices of an experienced third-party vendor that manages job applicant data for Gap Inc. Personal data for approximately 800,000 people who applied online or by phone for store positions at one of Gap Inc.'s brands between July 2006 and June 2007 was contained on the stolen laptop. Social Security numbers were included in the information on the laptop. UPDATE (5/28/10): A man whose Social Security number and other personal information were compromised by a company that processed his job application for The Gap Inc. has no legal claims against the company because no actual damage resulted from the privacy breach (a laptop stolen from Vangent), ruled the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ruiz v. Gap, Inc. 09-15971 (9th Circ. May 28, 2010), http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2010/05/28/09-15971.pdf .