Monday, August 21, 2006

Privacy Debacle Hall of Fame

Wired has an article by Annalee Newitz pointing out that, although the AOL release of over 500,000 search queries "may have been one of the dumbest privacy debacles of all time," it probably doesn't rate in the Top Ten violations. Her choices:
  1. The creation of the Social Security Number
  2. AT&T lets the NSA listen to all phone calls
  4. Testing CAPPS II
  5. Amy Boyer's murder
  6. Philip Agee's revenge
  7. Discovery of data on used hard drives for sale
  8. CardSystems hacked
  9. VA laptop theft
  10. ChoicePoint data spill

The article expands on each of these and her reasons for singling them out.

"You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it."
--Scott McNealy

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