JUST what you want to see sitting on top of your daily stack of mail:
Note those deadly words: Data Breach Notification!!!
I lived in the fine state of South Carolina for 27 months, from May 1999 through August 2001. I filed tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001. And the clowns in South Carolina couldn't keep my data safe. So I got a LONG letter from them; here is one side of it:
"Tax returns and other data at the South Carolina Department of Revenue were exposed to a security breach that took place in September 2012 and was discovered in October 2012."Please correct me if I am wrong (and I might be, since I am officially Chronologically Disabled), but isn't this February 2013? Isn't that FOUR MONTHS after the "Data Breach" was discovered in October 2012. Why in bloody HELL did it take FOUR MONTHS to notify me???? (And the others whose data was also stolen, probably 1000's more if not approaching a million or more.) I realize that forensic information technology investigations take time, but holy mother of data! FOUR MONTHS?!?!?!?! Let us know, pretty please, then come up with mitigation. Oh right, that would require TWO mailings. (I can hear them now. "Let's save money, just send one letter".)
In this case, I get essentially "forever" monitoring of my credit accounts. I can deal with that. I went out and signed up immediately. Now I just have to remember to check it regularly! At least I get reimbursed up to $1,000,000 for theft from my accounts. HAHAHAHAHA!!! As if I'd EVER have $1M in my accounts! I WISH! Just goes to show you, even the governments we live under can't protect our data.
Here's an interesting side note. While I was living in Dorchester County, South Carolina, I received a letter in the mail one day. It was from the county tax department. Seems they had a computer failure. A complete loss of data. The letter pretty much asked all of us fine residents to send them our tax money if we hadn't paid since they no longer had any record of taxes paid or owed. Oddly enough, working for the leading news TV station in the region, I knew about this story at least two weeks before the letter came out. Somehow, I think tax revenue in Dorchester County that year was pretty damn low. I know I didn't bother to write a check for an unknown amount of tax!!! Guess I'm just a scofflaw!!!