Originally Posted by xtss33
I'm disgusted about the failure of AT&T to protect my data. Email addresses today, what else tomorrow? What a bunch of hacks. If the US took personal data security as serious of europe does, perhaps this would happen less often because it would hurt their bottom line. Personal Data should be protected by LAW here - not with a marketing promise. Just other example of how we give the keys to corporations.
Are you kidding me?! The US government (because they are the ones supposedly responsible for making law) taking anything seriously to protect one's self-privacy?!
This is not a swipe at Obama by me for a change, so read on with an open mind.
I'll give you an example of how valued privacy is in America when it comes to protection by "LAW"!
There was a time in the U.S., pre 2003, when your telephone would ring off the hook, incessantly, from telemarketers selling their wares: magazine subscriptions, various products, various services, etc. They'd always call, it seems, right as you'd sit down for dinner, supper, or whatever you call your evening meal. You'd answer because "Caller ID" was not a prevalent feature by the phone company.
Congress, our beloved political A-holes at the time, passed "The Do-Not Call List" where people HAD to join the list to be effective and not have businesses call and if telemarketers called those on the list and the person filed complaints, I believe an $11,000 dollar fine would be issued to the company.
Here is the kicker, folks. According to the politicians, 'Do-Not Call' doesn't necessarily mean do not call for certain groups. Namely "charities" and you guessed it "politicians". So much for a noble idea and promise. Thanks to the exemptions, the phone rings incessantly off the hook near election day and any "hack" can pose as some charitable organization to try and rife the unwittingly with a very convincing script! Thanks Congress.
So back to the posters comments: "Personal Data should be protected by LAW here - not with a marketing promise."
Again, I rant: "Protected by LAW? Are you kidding me?!"