Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,
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Do you have a T-Mobile phone?

If you have a T-Mobile phone, you might want to ask them why the fuck they didn't tell you your personal information was stolen? I'm a little irritated by this.

Someone out there may now have my name, my date of birth, my Social Security Number and other little details necessary to make me a victim of identity theft. Thank you T-Mobile. Thank you very much for not bothering to say anything.

Oh, and did you use their email service? Many of those passwords were ripped off, too. Since people reuse passwords, you might want to think about whether or not you reused yours and and whether you had sensitive information sent through your phone.

Of course, it's possible that it's not T-Mobile's fault:

T-Mobile, which apparently knew of the intrusions by July of last year, has not issued any public warning. Under California's anti-identity theft law "SB1386," the company is obliged to notify any California customers of a security breach in which their personally identifiable information is "reasonably believed to have been" compromised. That notification must be made in "the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay," but may be postponed if a law enforcement agency determines that the disclosure would compromise an investigation.

Since the Secret Service was investigating, perhaps they asked T-Mobile not to say anything. That raises an interesting point. The Secret Service wants the criminal but to gather enough information to stop the criminal meant putting more people at risk. But since neither T-Mobile nor the Secret Service are willing to discuss this, we can't get to the heart of the matter.

So this begs an interesting question, how many people should we allow to be hurt in the interest of catching criminals? How much damage will the investigation do as opposed to the actual crime? I'm not saying the criminal should just go free, but there are some serious problems here and much of the root of the problem is the government refusing to pass privacy laws that would shield us from intrusive use and storage of our personal information.

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