The Associated Press' technology writer asks and tries to answer a number of questions that arise in the fallout of all the recent privacy breaches stemming from lost/stolen laptops:
- Why is sensitive personal data on the laptop in the first place?
- Why aren't sensitive identifiers (like social security numbers) masked or otherwise obscured?
- Why isn't it encrypted?
It's an interesting article with a bit more insight into some of the more recent breaches: Questions linger over secrets on laptops - Yahoo! News.