Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's just a click away

Ben Worthen’s article “Hackers Aren’t Only Threat to Privacy” in the Wall Street journal was really interesting. But it caught my interest because of the obvious—there is way too much personal information available online. You don’t need to be an information miner with criminal intent and you don’t have to be a dufus to expose information. It happens all day, every day. As he points out “such information is accessible to anyone who knows where to look”.

“A file containing names, social security numbers and home phone numbers of about 1000 current and former Atlanta Fire and Rescue employees was discovered online in April by city officials.”

Are you kidding me.