Unencrypted Laptop Data Behind Latest Data Leak

from the at-least-make-it-a-little-harder dept

Bank of America, no stranger to data leaks, says personal information of users of its Visa Buxx prepaid debit cards may have been compromised when a laptop — containing the data in an unencrypted format — was stolen. There seems to be an unofficial contest for the biggest data leak, but what about the dumbest? Unencrypted data on a laptop? It doesn’t take a security expert to figure out that might not be a good idea. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of incentive for companies behind some of these leaks to really do anything significant to change their ways, while regulatory efforts seem to focused on punishment rather than prevention. The question of what constitutes reasonable protection is one that will come up time and time again in trying to assign blame (and liability) for these leaks. But it’s a pretty safe bet that keeping unencrypted personal data on a laptop wouldn’t be seen by too many people as reasonable.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Unencrypted Laptop Data Behind Latest Data Leak”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Anonymous of Course says:

Rule One

There is no security without physical security.
How stupid do you have to be to put data like that on a laptop? Probably as stupid as you’d have to be to let data like that leave the locked limited access room it should be kept in. They can’t be that stupid. What this means to me is the bank card people really don’t care.

I hope some hungry dog lawyer eats BOA’s shorts.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...