No one likes to have their private information spilled across the Web, viewable by anyone with the skill and access to do so. That’s why the Edward Snowden revelations caught us off-guard…it’s like your a creepy uncle was peeping at you through the restroom keyhole. When confronted, he shares, “It may seem strange, but I wanted to make sure little Sammy wasn’t guzzling toilet cleaner fluid. And, you never know when some weirdo will kidnap little kid through the window.” Yeah, that would be a real effective defense, creep.

I can’t help but feel bad for US Postal Service workers, who Monday had to find out the news:

More than 800,000 USPS employees may be affected, including those that work for USPS’ regulator, the Postal Regulatory Commission, as well as for the Postal Inspection Service and the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG), David Partenheimer, manager of media relations with the USPS, told SCMagazine.com in a Monday email correspondence.
The employee information that may have been compromised includes names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information, according to a release issued on Monday by Partenheimer, which adds that other information may have been affected as well. 

The incident also affected call center data, the release indicated. Customers who made telephone or email inquiries to the Postal Service Customer Care Center between Jan. 1 and Aug. 16 may have had information compromised, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and other information. (Read More)

It reminds of the data breach that affected the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS) a few years ago, compromising the information of my entire family of teacher–my elderly grandmother, my wife and I. That breach occurred due to negligence on the part of some state official who allowed the confidential information to be posted to a web server, resulting in the cost of identity theft protection for anyone in the TRS.

USPS said Investigation is still going on which is lead by the FBI, and joined by other federal and postal investigatory agencies…. Read More

When I read about data breaches like the U.S. Post Office, I can’t help but be struck by the irony of the United States government objecting to the breach of the USPS by potentially Chinese agents, when the U.S.’s National Security Agency is spying on many others, especially its own citizens. The irony deepens when you consider efforts like this one:

A letter signed by more than 40 organizations representing retailers, restaurants and other businesses – including the National Retail Federation, National Restaurant Association and Food Marketing Institute – was sent to Congressional leaders on Thursday, stating that legislation to address data breaches should cover all entities that handle sensitive information…“Congress should act to standardize reasonable, timely notification of sensitive data breaches whenever and wherever they occur,” according to the letter. (Read More)

Unfortunately, Congress can’t even protect the citizens that elected them into office. I am revolted by the view holes made in our privacy and that threaten liberty. For the sake of our children, our Nation’s legacy of sacrifice and history, let’s commit to making a change. Let’s restore privacy to America, rejecting data breach perpetrators at home and abroad.


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