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Schneier Covers Newest Lost Laptop, For TSA CLEAR Program

Whoops.
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The TSA's CLEAR program where people can spend $100 to be "pre-screened" at airports and bypass security had a security hit recently when a laptop (doesn't this get old) with customer data was stolen.

Well gosh, how could they ever have seen that coming?

Anyway, Schneier covers the story and links to the TSA's response as well as taking a moment to denounce the program again along with most of what the TSA is doing for airport security. Since I've met the privacy officer for the TSA and know he knows what he's doing, the only reason I can come up with for this is that they're not listening to him when he's telling them not to put this kind of data on laptops unencrypted.

Update 8/7/08 – Looks like they found it.
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Government Laptop Stolen: National Institute of Health

Whoops... lost another
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Here we go again.

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HR Firm Loses Laptop

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Here we go again. At least this time, it's only on the order of a few hundred thousand people.

Note: it's a little sad to have to say that.

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Ohio State Intern, You Guessed It, Loses Laptop

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How many years has it been since America's Funniest Home Videos came around? How many videos do you still see of some dad somewhere teaching his kid to swing a bat, but he stands behind him and gets nailed in the crotch? You think they'd learn.

Well the same can be true of these laptops. How many times does a company/government branch have to lose a laptop before they learn? The simplest solution is to stop putting people's data on laptops! Sheesh.

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Government Will (Finally) Encrypt All Laptops

It's almost like they don't even know what they're doing.
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Schneier reports that the government will begin encrypting all laptops. This is in response to case after case of stolen laptops leading to loss of personal data such as in the case with the Veterans Administration.

Considering that the typical response is to offer worthless credit monitoring services to make it look like they're doing something when they're actually not, this is a welcome change. Now if only they'll hold employees accountable for keeping the key/token/passwords in the same bag with the laptop…

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Boeing Loses Data on Laptops… Yadda Yadda

Oops. Sorry about all your data gosh golly wilikers!
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Consumer Affairs writes:

A laptop containing the personal information of 328,000 current and former employees of Boeing was stolen in Chicago, according to the company. The laptop theft was the third to befall Boeing in the past twelve months. Boeing is contacting the affected employees by mail and has promised to set up free credit monitoring for them through the Experian credit bureau.
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