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    Hi all,

    This one line says it all:

    "Technology also has a way of advancing far ahead of the law".

    Please see the link for the balance of the article.

    Take care,

    Jay


    There’s No Data Sheriff on the Wild Web

    By NICK BILTON, May 7, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/we...gewanted=print

    A company suffers a catastrophic attack on its servers. Gone are names, e-mail addresses, home phone numbers, passwords, credit card numbers.

    Everything ends up in the hands of hackers. What federal law covers such a breach of consumers’ privacy?

    None.

    This lack of federal oversight has incensed privacy advocates for years. But the last several months have been an online consumer’s worst nightmare.

    About two weeks ago, hackers dived into Sony’s PlayStation 3 game system, resulting in the loss of up to 77 million customers’ personal and private information and over 12 million credit and debit card numbers.

    Epsilon, an e-mail marketing company, lost millions of customers’ e-mail addresses to hackers in early April; Apple, Google and Microsoft have all been quietly collecting location data about mobile customers without their knowledge. And last year, AT&T was attacked through a bug in its iPad software, resulting in the loss of 100,000 customer e-mail addresses.

    Each company was blamed for failing to properly protect consumer information. But for redress, consumers must rely on states, and serious punishment or fines rarely happen.

    “There needs to be new legislation and new laws need to be adopted” to protect the public, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, who has been pressing Sony to answer questions about its data breach and what the company did to avoid it. “Companies need to be held accountable and need to pay significantly when private and confidential information is imperiled.”

    But how? Privacy experts say that Congress should pass legislation regulating companies if they collect certain types of information. If such laws existed today, they say, Sony could be held responsible for failing to properly protect the data by employing up-to-date security on its systems.

    Or at the very least, companies would be forced to update their security systems. In underground online forums last week, hackers said Sony’s servers were severely outdated and infiltrating them was relatively easy.

    Eugene Spafford, a security expert and professor at Purdue University, told a House subcommittee last week that computer security experts had been aware for months that the PlayStation’s Web servers were outdated and that the company’s network lacked sufficient security — which he said Sony must have also known.

    But Professor Spafford does not see any new legislation in the near future that would force companies to take security more seriously.

    “Over the last five years there have been several bills that have been introduced through committees but never made it all the way through Congress,” he said in an interview. “Companies tend to fight the bills, saying it would be too expensive or onerous to implement better security.”
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    Yes, corporations own the Congress recently. This fact has been shown too many times. Congress needs to remember that it's constituents are also consumers and to keep serving corporate donors over voters may come back to bite them in the
    HP has officially ruined it's own platform and kicked webOS loyalists and early TouchPad adopters to the curb. You think after you drop it like a hot potato and mention it made no money and is costing you money, anyone else wants it??? Way to go HP!!

    And some people are fools to keep believing their hype. HP has shown they will throw webOS under the bus and people are still having faith in them??? News flash: if it's own company won't stand behind it, it's finished!

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