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Where is the security for our personal data?

May 30th, 2006

It´s astonishing that confidential information for 26.5 million veterans has gone astray after thieves made off with a laptop that an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs had taken home with him. But no less troubling is that, after repeated incidents involving data-rich equipment disappearing, companies and government agencies still prove themselves unable to enforce basic security measures.

Moreover, from a consumer´s point of view, it´s still all but impossible to get a straight story from those involved in security breaches.

“The vast majority of companies issue a security policy only because their lawyers tell them to,” said Ray Everett-Church, a Silicon Valley privacy consultant. “It typically gets buried in an employee handbook and is never seen again.”Read Full Story

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