The Coca-Cola Company recently began notifying [PDF] approximately 74,000 current and former employees, contractors and suppliers that their personal information may have been exposed when several unencrypted company laptops were stolen by an employee who had been assigned to maintain or dispose of them (h/t SC Magazine).

Approximately 18,000 people's names and Social Security numbers were exposed, while 56,000 had other personal information such as driver's license numbers exposed.

"We have no indication that the information was misused," the company said in a statement provided to SC Magazine. "However, we understand the concerns some people may have and therefore, to demonstrate an abundance of caution, The Coca-Cola Company is offering free identity theft protection services to all affected."

The company became aware of the issue on December 10, 2013, and says the stolen laptops have since been recovered.

All those affected are being advised to monitor their credit reports and account statements for unusual activity, and are being offered one free year of identity theft protection services from Kroll.

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