Lots of theft, and lots of lobbyists

National Public Radio noted that there were a lot of data theft incidents in 2005, but the government didn’t do much about it. They may wonder why – I don’t.

If you were a politician, and you had the following two choices, which would you pick?

1) Stay up late, read about the consequences of data theft and how the cost is passed on to your constituents, then take all your cohorts to lunch, one by one, and try to convince them the bill you just drafted makes sense because it serves the people;

or

2) Listen to a paid consultant for some big data mining company talk about how difficult it is to stop data theft, while you sip champagne, in a Gulfsteam 5, on the way to a $500 round of golf.

Tough choice.

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