If there is anything to be learned from the recent Sony Playstation consumer information breach it is that data security ought to be as much of a corporate virtue as targeted marketing. Until it is (and even then), the loss of personal information and identity theft will be regular events.
Unlike other instances when business falls short and government legislates a fix, technology moves at a pace far faster than Congress can match. Even laws lauded for reining in bad behavior are susceptible to loop holes that undermine their effectiveness. For example, the “Do Not Call” legislation, cited daily for helping make the dinner hour again more about the mean than telemarketing, is silent on non-profits (like your alma mater) and political campaigns (which now have no season). More»