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Government data security front and center

Reuters has a story appearing in a number of outlets about the Education Department’s decision to bar college loan firms from accessing a database containing confidential personal information on millions of student borrowers. DOE is worried that sensitive data is being misused for marketing purposes.

Meanwhile, is running a timely commentary on IRS data security problems, including the loss of hundreds of unencrypted laptop computers, that have left the personal financial information of millions of taxpayers vulnerable to theft. has the troubling, but hardly surprising, story of ghoulish speculators snatching up domain names related to this week’s shootings at Virginia Tech and then trying to re-sell them at a profit.