Tuesday, January 23, 2007

IRS Data Missing. In Other News, Sun Rises in the East

For something like the fourth time in the last eight months, important confidential US Government data has come up missing. In this latest case, the IRS was sharing information with Kansas City for a city earnings tax when the city failed to return the data to the US Treasury on a timely basis. KC Assistant City Manager Rich Noll stated that he became aware that the tapes were missing around Christmas. At this point, there is no indication that the confidential information has been misused.

Ignore the Mexican border brouhaha. If the US Government cannot protect its own data, one wonders to what extent it can protect us. Moreover, why is the American citizenry so confident that that politicans and governments can solve their problems when it can't even figure out how to maintain confidential information.


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