Passional handling of personal data from customers

The credit card data from Uber 200.000 customers of two US newspapers were widespread in a particularly ridden manner – since the beginning of 2005, there are probably already 50 million Americans potentially affected by identity theft and eightiness of the data collectors

Not only the rough brother is known to collect more and more data, even with the companies, the mountains are growing with the personal data of their customers. The state was gladly from different purposes, whether law enforcement, terrorist defense or how young in the search engines the evolving of pornography on the Internet, accessed on this attached bad (the private (long) arm of the American intelligence, glasses, but for faster and more expensive).

But criminals also find a new state of activity when you get to the personal data to get by the identity theft mutually profits. You should think that companies and hord their trial hat and secure them abruptly. Finally, it is also about the trust of the burger and customers. But again and again, personal data – and then often in coarse number – for carelessness or by simple tricks of the observer in wrong Hande (of data, apparent and other security). However, if more and more data are collected centrally from authorities or companies, the risk of unauthorized access increases in addition to increasing monitoring.

A bird shot down now the newspapers The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram Gazette (TG). Last Sunday, the credit card numbers of 240.000 customers of newspapers are distributed with these. The data stood on the paper with which the newspapers are packed in packages for deliverers and magazine handlers. To 9.000 such packages could, who wanted to read the names of customers and their credit card numbers.

The two newspapers belong to the Group of the New York Times and use a common computer system for delivery. The delivery instructions were printed on recycled paper on which there was also an internal documentation of the credit cards of the customers. It is unclear how many of the personal data were distributed so. The newspapers allegedly notified the credit card companies. So far, no fraud has not been reported, explained Al Larkin, the spokesman of the Boston Globe. You want to collect the pieces with the data, but ames that most have been thrown away.

Allegedly, only the last four digits of credit card numbers have been printed out. Responsible for the incident are two employees. Both had started mistakenly to print the customer data, then noticed their mistakes, interrupted the prere and the printed paper then disposed of in the paper waste.

The publisher of the Globe, Richard Gilman, regretted in a communication the incident and promised to conscientiously loose the resulting problem and strengthen security. That was obviously only minor.

The Bank of America, which is certainly the Bank of America, the beginning of 2005 computer data traveling with credit card and account data from Over one million US government employees to the highlights of a passive handling of personal customer data "lost" has (cover up instead of informing). Even with Ameritrade, a data band disappeared with personal information of 200.000 customers. The government is not much safer. Thus, crackers from a computer of the US Air Force after all were the personal data of over 30.000 soldiers and other employees stolen.

Monthly, the data collection company and the acquisition of ChoicePoint had concealed that Cracker has the personal data of Uber 100.000 people had developed (Identatile theft made easy). In Marz 2005, there was already the next two coarse forcolor: again data claw among the new Big Brothers of the private sector and again there was a burglary of thieves in the USA in the USA. Then MagnetBander disappeared with 3.9 million Citigroup customer data. And only at the end of January the website of the State of Rhone Island was cracked and stolen credit start data together with addresses and names.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse runs alone in the USA to the 100 such thieves and passengers in dealing with collected personal data since the first ChoicePoint incident at the beginning of 2005. Mostly it is in the cracker, the transfer of information through insider or lost notebooks. Even if the exact number of those affected is unknown, after the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is probably the personal data of 50 million people. How rough the damage is, is certainly unknown, because the credit card companies and banks do not look into the cards.

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