Gov't Computers Used To Dig Up Info On Joe The Plumber
from the and-so-it-goes dept
We have pointed out in the past that people need to realize that any government database of info will be abused. It’s almost impossible for it not to be abused. People use it to look up info on ex-girlfriends or friends or relatives. The data is there, and if someone has access to it, it’s simply too tempting not to look up some info, no matter what “safety precautions” are in place.
Over on Slashdot there’s yet another example of this happening, as apparently three separate people accessed various databases to look up info on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” right after the third Presidential debate, in which Joe was a central part of the discussion. It’s not entirely clear what the nature of those database lookups were, though it wouldn’t surprise me if it was just individuals who knew they had access to the government databases, and were just curious and couldn’t resist looking. But, what’s more interesting is that no one caught this database snooping until the Columbus Dispatch asked for log information.