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ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola says company laptop computers have been stolen from its headquarters here in Atlanta and that the computers contained personal information on as many as 74,000 people, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal said Coke officials sent a company memo to its US and Canadian employees about the breach. They also have alerted law enforcement about the theft. The laptops have been since been recovered.

Coke says they are contacting the people whose personal information was contained on the laptops -- including Social Security numbers for about 18,000, and other personal information, mostly driver's license numbers, for the remaining 56,000.

According to The Journal, Coca-Cola officialslearned that personal data was on computers they recovered from a former company employee who was supposed to "maintain or dispose of Coke equipment."

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