Kern County Sheriff’s office is collecting very personal and irrelevant data on county residences and storing it in a networked database accessible by whom? Not that important you say? Just last Thursday JPMorgan felt their customer information was safe until a hacker attacked and has now exposed 83 million households and businesses to who-knows-what?
From the New York Times (Thursday October 2nd):
“The huge cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase that touched more than 83 million households and businesses was one of the most serious computer intrusions into an American corporation. “
So, I was asked to disclose a lot of very personal financial information the last time I tried to report a criminal activity. Why does the Kern County Sheriff’s Office need to know who my employer is? or, my social security number? or, my cell phone number? or, my birth date? Are they going to send me a birthday card at work? Remember, I haven’t committed any crime, I was just reporting one!
When I asked, I was told that the information was secure. I wondered… if some of the largest financial institutions in the world can get hacked, and places like The White House and Pentagon too, why would I think the Kern County Sheriff’s Office is a safe place to store my life altering information? With that type of information, the bad guys could takeover and ruin my life. So, is the next big hack going to be the local sheriff’s office? And, will the sheriff have to disclose to us that they have been hacked? Or, will they even know???
This is a question that we should be asking our elected officials before they are elected. Contact your county supervisor and ask them for an answer to that question.