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T-Mobile staff sold personal data

17 November, 2009 (19:05) | A cat called password. | By: Blogkeep

One of my concerns with respect to the storage of personal data on computer systems is the integrity of the custodians of that data. Although computer systems may never be made 100% secure, one can illicit some level of trust in the underlying hardware and software with regard to hackers and compromise from external sources. When it comes to the custodians of that data; people, humans, assessing the level of risk is an unknown. People are far from perfect, they can have financial problems, gambling or drug habits or they can be just plain greedy. When between a rock and a hard place the moral integrity of people comes under question, every man has his price and for some it’s pretty low.

So who can you trust with your personal data? Your Mother, Father, siblings? Some stranger in a data center? I fear with the imminent rise of cloud computing such breaches of privacy will increase, hackers may be the least of our worries. Unfortunately as consumers in a capitalist system we have no option but provide personal details to companies and corporations that we would not share with the man/woman on the street. But that is exactly what we do, the person who works for “Global Corp” with access to your personal data is just that, an ordinary man/woman.

Is there a solution to this selling of personal data by those who lack moral integrity? In my opinion, No, increasing punishments maybe a deterrent to some, but there will always be those who feel they will not be caught. Controls on recruitment such as background checks into the financial history, employment history and criminal records of the applicant may mitigate to a certain extent as would job rotation. But people change. Constant vigilance is required, those who do have access to sensitive information need to be monitored closely and regularly, which in turn leads to an invasion of privacy of the employee.

More information on this story can be found here at the BBC

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