Fidelity Investments announced that a laptop containing personal information on 196,000 retirement plan participants in Hewlett-Packard Co.'s $8 billion 401(k) plan was stolen, said Anne Crowley, spokeswoman from Fidelity.
Ms. Crowley declined to disclose details about the theft, saying only that it occurred in the United States. There has been no unusual activity in the HP accounts and Fidelity will continue to monitor them, she said. Fidelity created a separate phone number for HP participants to call with questions, and there is general information about identity theft on its NetBenefits website, she said.
Ms. Crowley said software on the laptop was set to expire the day after it was stolen and it would be difficult for someone to use the data.
Elizabeth Obershaw, vice president and CIO for HP's plan, did not return calls requesting comment.