Where is the security for our personal data?

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." Redding: Science & Technology

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 1st June 2006 2:28AM