If you felt safe giving your personal information to potential employers, let's hope you never applied at Gap clothing stores. The retailer had a laptop stolen that had personal details from 800,000 job applicants, including their Social Security numbers. The company is supposed to encrypt all their information, but Gap says it wasn't.
The laptop had info for all US, Canadian and Puerto Rican job applicants for Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and Outlet stores from July 2006 to June 2007. The only ones who kind of lucked out were the Canadians -- their Social Insurance Numbers weren't stored on the laptop.