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VA Hopes Data Thieves Are Stupid

from the one-way-to-protect-data dept

While there's been plenty of talk about how a VA employee brought lots of confidential personal data home with him only to have it all stolen in a burglary, some are noticing that the VA's response has been a bit odd. While they're giving the standard talk about how you should check your credit reports and watch for any suspicious activity, they're also going around and telling people they probably shouldn't worry because the thieves probably have no idea what they stole. Of course, now that they're blasting it all over the internet, perhaps the crooks will be alerted to what they stole. Either way, it seems like a pretty weak response to not protecting the data.

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    umm_duh, 23 May 2006 @ 7:34pm

    Re: Re: Screwed Up

    The problem with the VA, like many organizations is the stupidity of people, not the organization or company. Many corporations and organizations have procedures in place, but ultimately it is up to the people to follow them. What would you suggest they do differently?

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