Denver-based Clarity Media Group recently began notifying an undisclosed number of people that their personally identifiable information (PII), including their names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, Social Security numbers, salaries and 401(k) balances, may have been exposed when a laptop was stolen from the car of a Clarity Media Group subsidiary's employee of October 12, 2013 (h/t

Those affected include current and former employees, as well as employees of Clarity Media Group's subsidiaries and of Freedom Communications (the former owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette, which is now owned by Clarity). Some personal information for spouses and children of those affected may also have been exposed.

"Although the laptop was password protected and several files were encrypted, we have analyzed the laptop's backup files, and we have come to the conclusion that the laptop contained unencrypted files," the company stated in the notification letter [PDF].

Still, the company wrote, "We do not have any evidence that the PII has been used for fraudulent purposes, and accordingly, Clarity Media Group does not plan to [offer] credit [monitoring] services to all impacted individuals. However, it will consider offering such services on a case by case basis."

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