Over the weekend I got a letter in the mail from a company called ECMC in Chanhassen, Minn., warning me of a possible theft of my personal data. Letters like these have become, unfortunately, commonplace in recent years.
Here's the first paragraph:
We at ECMC, a guarantor of federal student loans, regret to inform you of a recent data theft from our facility in Oakdale, MN that may affect you. We believe that information about your student loan, including your name, Social Security number, address, and date of birth was stolen, resulting in the potential loss of your personal information. We want to assure you that no savings, checking or credit card account numbers were included in the data theft. Since this incident we have enhanced our electronic and physical security protocol. We have also received further recommendations from an external security partner that are being reviewed by our incident response team and we are enhancing both security protocols. (Italics added)