As we know, Nanny and her acolytes have something of a fetish for gathering data on all of us and putting that data into databases.
Nanny's rationale being that the databases help her to "help" us live "better" more "secure" lives etc etc; eg the "super" NHS database (that has yet to work) and the proposed child "protection" database (that allows all manner of people access to personal details).
Nanny has assured us, on numerous occasions, that the data stored in these databases is secure.
As we have seen in the UK (eg with the loss of HMRC data on 25 million people), databases are far from secure.
However, the ongoing Wikileaks fiasco wrt 250,000 "classified" US cables knocks the UK security failures into a cocked hat.
Whilst the content of the leaked cables is, to people with half a brain, hardly surprising and in many cases bordering on the trivial; the damage done to US diplomatic efforts is incalculable. People will now treat US diplomats in the same way as they treat journalists, and work on the assumption that whatever is said may well appear on the net one day.
How did this fiasco come to pass?
Post 9/11 the US became more scared and paranoid than it usually is. Now, under such conditions, one would assume that there would have been a "security lockdown" wrt handling diplomatic communications.
Perversely, no, the exact opposite happened.
Working from the premise that sharing data would increase US security, the government of the day undertook to build a central database of all diplomatic communications.
Maybe, in itself, this was a logical idea.
However, the US government then asked themselves the fundamental question wrt databases namely:
"Who do we grant access rights to?"
They chose, for reasons that are beyond any understanding, to grant unfettered access rights to over 3.5 million people.
Yes, you did read that correctly, over 3.5 million people were given access rights to this database!
An accident waiting to happen!
Quite why the US authorities are so "shocked" over this leak is beyond me. Frankly the fact that the leak didn't occur years ago is more surprising.
The lesson to our own Nanny is clear, databases can be abused. To leave the design and security of such databases to politicians (who have zero experience of the real world, work or IT) is asking for trouble.
BTW, one small question, what on earth does the US government want the biometric data of UN personnel for?
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