Media and entertainment company Time Warner said yesterday that computer backup tapes containing data on 600,000 individuals were lost by...

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NEW YORK — Media and entertainment company Time Warner said yesterday that computer backup tapes containing data on 600,000 individuals were lost by an outside data-storage firm.


The data were on current and former employees going back to 1986, as well as some of their dependents and beneficiaries, said Kathy McKiernan, a Time Warner spokeswoman. The tapes did not include personal data on Time Warner customers, the company said.


The container with the tapes got lost during routine shipment to one of that firm’s storage facilities.


Time Warner said it has used this firm for several years to ship and store its computer backup tapes offsite. Time Warner did not name the firm.


The company said the Secret Service was investigating. The company said there was no evidence the tapes or their contents have been accessed or misused.


Time Warner said it was notifying individuals whose information may have been on the missing tapes.


“We take the security of our employees’ personal information extremely seriously and we deeply regret that this incident occurred,” said Larry Cockell, Time Warner chief security officer.


“We are working closely and aggressively with law enforcement and the outside data-storage firm to get to the bottom of this matter.”