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All the Privacy Precautions Won't Cure Human Error

Just when you thought that technology had advanced to the point where it could safeguard against online privacy breaches, we learn from this post at The Wired GC about the theft of personal information from 196,000 HP employees.   This breach, however, wasn't the result of an online hacker, but by a good old-fashioned thief who stole a laptop chockful of employee information.  Wired GC comments:

"In an age of growing concerns about customer privacy, I find it staggering that personal data is moving around on the laptops of a company as sophisticated as Fidelity. Particularly when it includes the Rosetta Stone: apparently unencrypted SS numbers. Do you think this is the only time this has ever happened at Fidelity? The only time it has happened in the financial services industry? What about the healthcare industry?

"Despite all the privacy protections instituted by many companies, if laptops or sync-able PDAs can copy and take offsite deeply personal customer information, legislation or regulation will soon follow. Thus the innocent are punished by the sins of the guilty."

In the meantime, be careful what you keep on your laptop!

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 29, 2006 at 12:50 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


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