Friday, January 20, 2006

Security of phone records

Rob Hyndman weighs in on the recent concerns over the ease with which some companies are able to get calling records from various phone companies: ... What I find particularly troubling about pretexting is that it pulls back the covers on what must be profoundly lax security precautions taken by the phone companies, and suggests that they are still - even after all of 2005's controversy over poor data security - remarkably unconcerned with building data security in as a core value of their corporate cultures (quite apart from the obvious failure to build sensible data protection measures into business processes). At some point, data security just has to be recognized as a mission-critical obligation of these organizations, and there ought to be serious and punitive consequences if they are not up to this challenge. "

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