Wednesday, March 09, 2005

A proposal 

I've got a great idea. Why don't we stop storing sensitive personal information on networked machines? For that matter, can we stop it from being collected and commoditized in the first place?

First ChoicePoint, now this:

NEW YORK - Using misappropriated passwords and identifications from legitimate customers, intruders got access to personal information on as many as 32,000 U.S. citizens in a database owned by Lexis Nexis, the company's corporate parent said Wednesday...

In the Seisint breach, information accessed included names, addresses, Social Security and driver license numbers, but not credit history, medical records or financial information, Reed Elsevier said in a statement.
Phew, what a relief that is.

How many lawsuits will it take to shut the entire data collection industry down? I would love to find out.

In the here and now, it's time for a private-sector Privacy Act and harsh penalties for companies who allow citizens' information to fall into the wrong hands.
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