Ford has told about 70,000 active and former white-collar employees in the United States that a computer with company data, including social security numbers, was stolen from a Ford facility.

According to The Associated Press, in an e-mail sent to "Affected US Salaried Employees," Joe Laymon, group vice president for human resources, told staffers that their personal information may have been compromised, though the company had "no evidence that there has been identity theft or misuse of employee information."

Laymon reportedly said in the e-mail, a copy of which was reviewed by Dow Jones Newswires, that the company is taking precautionary steps and urges the affected employees to take steps to help safeguard their personal information.

Ford spokeswoman Kathleen Vokes told The Associated Press that she couldn't comment on the specifics of the theft because of the investigation. She said, however, that there was no product, supplier, customer, engineering or financial information on the computer. Vokes said Ford is working with law enforcement on the investigation, AP added.