While governments like to talk about how security and surveillance camera footage is in safe hands with the government, it probably won't surprise many of you to find out that's simply not the case at all. Officials in New Jersey are apparently increasingly annoyed to find highway surveillance video of highway accidents consistently finding its way to YouTube. They're trying to crack down on the practice, but that seems unlikely to be particularly effective. This seems like a good time to second the call for some recognition of "Harper's Law": "The security and privacy risks increase proportionally to the square of the number of users of the data." Remember that the next time the government wants to set up some large database and insists your data will be kept private. Update: And now, New Jersey is suing YouTube over the videos. Nice work there. The state is unable to keep the videos private -- and rather than punish themselves, they sue YouTube.
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