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Opinion: NASA Breach “Perfectly Cautionary Tale”

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 19, 2013

An Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer says last year’s breach of NASA employees’ personal information is an “unfortunate but perfectly cautionary tale of not only how we should look more carefully at protecting data after it is collected but also how the data is to be safeguarded before we collect it to make sure it isn’t used improperly or disclosed accidentally.” The New York Times outlines incidents leading up to the breach, including a Government Accountability Office report urging the agency to institute whole-disk encryption for all of its laptops and a lawsuit filed by 28 scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory aimed at stopping it from conducting open-ended background checks on researchers who worked on non-military space projects. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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