CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Telecommunications company FairPoint Communications Inc. says a portable data storage device containing personal information of employees has been reported missing from a FairPoint office.

The company said Tuesday the device was discovered missing April 8 and affects 4,400 people, including all current and some former employees. It said it has launched an investigation but there is no indication any data has been “improperly accessed.”

The company said information on the device may have included names, home addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, birth dates and compensation and employment information. It did not contain customer or financial account information.

North Carolina-based FairPoint has extensive operations in northern New England, where it has more than 3,100 employees after buying Verizon’s wired telephone lines and Internet network last year.

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