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Report: Americans' Information Not Adequately Protected by Census Bureau

Dan_NV Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 10:46 AM
Interesting. Demographic and personal information not only inadequately protected it seems but more like "wide open." Now whom, I ask you might profit from access to such a database that provides such ethnic, religious, regional and racially relevant information? Just a question.

The Government Accountability Office released a report this week with a scary conclusion: The Census Bureau, tasked with collecting personal information on every single American, has not adequately protected this data. Specifically, the GAO found, the Census Bureau is not fully prepared in cybersecurity, making Americans' information vulnerable to hackers.

Many security protocols have been left "partially implemented" or "not implemented." This includes inadequate password protection and leaving some databases completely unencrypted.

"Significant weaknesses in access controls and other information security controls exist," the GAO concludes, that impair the Census Bureau's "ability to ensure the confidentiality, integrity,...

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