Friday, June 20, 2008

Data security

I've spent a good bit of time the last two weeks devoted to issues of data security. In this regard, my first thought is always that one hears many stories - there are some amusing ones from the UK here and the post about Canada from a couple days ago is also relevant - about politicians leaving sensitive information about, as well as stories about data being left by bureaucrats in a Starbucks in DC or somewhere similar because Jessica Cutler walked by or some other distraction intervened, but I have never, ever heard a story about ill effects from any academic researcher using confidential data.

Methinks perhaps margins are not being equated here.