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FTC: Sensitive Data on P2P Networks

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 23, 2010

A Federal Trade Commission probe has uncovered widespread leakage of sensitive data onto peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, reports the Washington Post. The commission has notified nearly 100 public and private entities--including schools, local governments and companies--that sensitive personal information about customers and employees is exposed. "Companies should take a hard look at their systems to ensure that there are no unauthorized P2P file-sharing programs and that authorized programs are properly configured and secure," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. While the warning is welcome, according to a MediaPost report, "vilifying the technology" won't solve the problem.
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