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There was an article in the New York Times on March 10, 2011. Actually, there were lots of them. But this one particular article describes how the Comptroller for the State of New Jersey stopped a state equipment auction moments before 56 computers were sold to the highest bidder. The Comptroller’s office had just reviewed an audit of computers that went through a certain warehouse in the state before they were made available to the public. Apparently, the state employees in the warehouse didn’t like to use the equipment that destroyed digital data because it was noisy. The larger concern was that auditors had no way of knowing if previous computers through the facility were handled correctly or not. I encourage you to read the article, especially if you need something else to raise your blood pressure today.

The quote from the Director of the Privacy Rights Clearing House, Beth Givens, sums it up best for me. She says, “Public-agency breaches are disheartening because they have so much data, and much of it is sensitive. Data stewardship should be the top priority for them.” Well put Ms. Givens.

So what is your home state doing to protect digital information about you? Being based in the Upstate of South Carolina, we do most of our work in the Southeast, ranging from Washington DC, over to Nashville, TN and on down through the Carolinas and Georgia. Stay tuned…we are going to see if we can figure out just how the states we operate in protect your digital information. We’ll update you soon!

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