by Mike Masnick
Tue, Nov 20th 2007 3:50pm
At this point, you should probably just assume that all your private data is in the hands of someone who shouldn't have it. However, if it's not, you can rest assured that private companies and universities and government agencies are hard at work making sure they leak your data to someone who shouldn't have it. The latest takes place in the UK, where a gov't agency appears to have lost two CDs containing the personal details, sometimes including bank info, of all families with children under 16. Everyone involved seems to admit this is a colossal screw up, but that's pretty much what is said each time one of these happens, and yet we keep hearing of more. As per usual, the blame is being placed on "junior" staffers who supposedly didn't follow security procedures, so we'll probably see a few people fired and then we'll all forget about it for another month or so until the next big data leak comes along.
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