Monday, February 09, 2004

Government agency exposes day-care data: "Two separate databases with personal information about children and their families were exposed. In one case, a list of children in the county's low-income day-care program was intentionally posted for download on Jan. 22 to a Web site used by computer programmers to hire temporary help. Another database, listing families participating in the county's foster care program, was posted to the same Web site in November. Both remained on the site, free for anyone to download, until they were removed Thursday."

Aside from calling people when they make silly and exceptional mistakes, there seems to be little being done to institutionalize the concepts of privacy and security of personal data within the government and their contracting community.

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