An anonymous reader writes: NASA suffered a major data breach on Oct 31, 2012 when a laptop with the sensitive personal information of 10,000+ employees was stolen from an employee's car in Washington, DC. As it turns out, the NASA CIO had predicted just such an event, right down to the mockup headlines in the CIO's July IT Newsletter (see page 6). It didn't quite make the front page of the NY Times, but it did get their attention. Among the employees and contractors affected by the data breach are some of the plaintiffs from the Nelson v. NASA privacy case that was decided in 2011. Among the arguments (aside from intrusive investigations) is that the government was likely to improperly release the collected data. Some of the plaintiffs were already retired from NASA when their data was lost, and others had submitted to the background investigations less than 6 months before.