Ohio Data Leak Gets Pinned On The Intern

from the passing-the-buck-eye dept

You might remember the recent data leak in Ohio, where personal info on a million or so people was lost, after a storage device containing it was stolen from an intern's car. The intern, who apparently took the device home with him as part of a security protocol, has now been fired by the state, and says he's being made the scapegoat for the loss. Despite the governor's claims to the contrary, of course the intern's being scapegoated, even though he apparently was just doing what he was told. That's how things work with data leaks: the buck is passed, and responsibility shirked. In this instance, the state can say the responsible party has been fired, glossing over the fact that he was apparently just following directions he'd been given, and that the real problem here was a flawed security plan that was either devised by an idiot, or, more likely, by somebody who didn't take the security of other people's personal info very seriously. That's the problem here: nobody seems to care when it's other people's data. There are never any real ramifications from these leaks, as long as companies or governments are seen to have some security plan in place, even if it's not a good one. Until that changes -- and the scapegoating and responsibility shirking stops -- data leaks and breaches are going to keep on coming.

Filed Under: data breaches, identity theft, ohio, security


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    some Buckeye-crazy fool that thinks he knows every, 28 Jul 2007 @ 4:07am

    Re: Use Encryption people!

    Joe... come on... before this happened, the taxpayers of Ohio would've thrown a fit if they'd found out the "not competent" IT staff and spent tax dollars on unnecessary encryption software. The newspapers would have crucified them for "government excess" and someone higher in the food chain than an intern would've lost their job.

    No reasonable person would argue that this was a big smack in the face for some obviously less than cautious people... but keep in mind how difficult of a job they have of protecting that sensitive data... all while not spending a dime of those person's tax money.

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