VIPs have data too

For years there have been concerns about the voracious appetite for personal data on citizens created by governments and the private sector, and facilitated by technology.  If one thing might be changing, it’s a series of incidents where politicians get to experience for themselves what happens when personal data works its way into the public domain.  Does UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith have an increased awareness of privacy issues with her husband’s PPV purchases being tabloid fodder?  And now the jinxed Czech Presidency of the European Union council uses a Saturday press release to confirm a story from Finland that passport and schedule details for the EU delegations at the EU-US summit were left on a computer at a Prague hotel.   The press release implies that a person deemed to be responsible has been disciplined in some way, but this just shows that for all the talk about safeguards and firewalls, this type of data is ultimately handled by fallible people, even if well-intentioned.   Hopefully, incidents like this move data privacy issues higher on the political agenda.

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  1. “…this type of data is ultimately handled by fallible people, even if well-intentioned. ”

    Add to that that bribery. For us schmucks, probably the only payoff anybody will see from our data is when it’s aggregated into millions of records. But for VIP’s, individual data might well be worth bribing somebody to be ‘fallible’.

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