Posted by Rojas @ 6:30 pm on April 29th 2007

Privacy doomedness update

It’s been a while since we’ve gone into a panic over the technological demise of privacy. Far too long, in my mind. So, to that end, a few tidbits which a tech-minded friend threw at me recently.

First, the IRS has left their wireless networks to wander around bare-ass naked like some meth-head’s toddler. Which means that all of your most sensitive financial data is now in the hands of pirates, thieves, and telemarketers, probably.

I suppose I should say your tax data, not all your financial data. The IRS wouldn’t have access to your on-the-job records, for instance. No, that information would have to be obtained from elsewhere, like from the laptop that some dunderhead at Bank of America left lying around.

At least your MEDICAL privacy is safe, right? Well, yours might be, but Brad’s sure isn’t, as dingbats in Pittsburgh apparently decided to post a website full of patient medical records on the internet. Brad should really get that mole checked out, don’t you think?

I know what you’re thinking. “That’s all well and good, but at least nobody knows about all that porn on my hard drive, right?” Ha! We’ll have that soon enough, for the process of purging your hard drive is a quest which makes Frodo’s journey into Mordor look like a pleasant trip to the corner store.

And here I am stupidly thinking that I can conceal my identity behind a mere pseudonym. Who am I kidding? I’ll bet 90% of you know my eye color, blood type, and account password. Of course, if the government knew everything about me, they’d have dragged me away in chains by now, so I suppose I must have some privacy left, somehow. Either that or I’m just not important enough to be worth the prison space and feeding expenses.

4 Comments »

  1. It takes a surprising amount of time to wipe the data from a hard drive. If you aren’t going to reuse the drive, drilling it is a lot quicker than wiping. If you’re going to use it (or have to return it to Dell, as I had to do) then a proper wiping takes ages.

    Comment by Adam — 4/29/2007 @ 8:20 pm

  2. First, the IRS has left their wireless networks to wander around bare-ass naked like some meth-headís toddler.

    You guys have seriously become even better comedians than political journalists. I mean that. This stuff is causing me to rip my diaphram.

    Comment by weltschmerz — 4/30/2007 @ 5:57 am

  3. Well, don’t blame us if you get pregnant, then.

    (rimshot)

    Comment by Rojas — 4/30/2007 @ 8:38 am

  4. Your car is due for an oil change, Rojas. Just a little FYI.

    Comment by Yank Crank — 4/30/2007 @ 10:45 am

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