It's amazing that, in the wake of huge government-originated data losses from folks like Veterans Affairs and the Navy, that anyone actually trusts government officials who claim their private data is "safe." The latest comes after some privacy advocates are getting worried over the Help America Vote Act, which requires states to create a huge centralized database of voters, but doesn't mandate any kind of security or protection for that data. The article quotes someone from the state of California insisting that everyone should just trust them that the system is adequately protected against unauthorized access or data theft. Of course, that's easy to say now... but will everyone forget that it was said when the data is leaked and the best the state can do is promise everyone a year's worth of credit monitoring?
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