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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hundreds I say, Hundreds!!!

Virginia Belle and these liberal Ohio bloggers need to relax. Citing this Columbus Dispatch story they say Ohio Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell is serving up the online identities of his constituents like Aegeus subjects to Minos' monstrous offspring.
First, Blackwell's statement about his hands being tied by law should not be looked at with this level of ridicule. So far, we've got to take them at their word that they are bound by the Ohio code to do this, and to not alter the documents in any way. Second, if there are hundreds of thousands of these things online, and only a few hundred people have listed their social security number, then I'm going to guess that it's not as bad as let's say a University, maybe one of Virginia, using all of its students SSNs as their principal student ID numbers.

The problem both these blogs and this poster have in commenting on this story is that the Dispatch is admittedly withholding key information (namely, what is the form and who filled it out).

Now I don't have the time brainpower to figure out what this form is and come up with a reasonable explanation to stick with my partisan gut, or to cross the street on this one, but I trust someone out there does (probably the "it" blogger of the weekJaded JD)


Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

if you're right, it won't matter. Any mention of SSN numbers leaking out will scare the bajesus out of stupid people everywhere.

It's so easy to get a SSN on the internet...and yet, people are so paranoid about it...

1:06 PM

Anonymous VirginiaBelle said...

Perhaps I am over-excited by this due to a recent letter from a certain University of Virginia stating that my housing records and social security number had been data-mined from their servers.

Or perhaps it is because if you are going to disclose forms over the internet it should be a Sec. of State's responsibility to ensure that said document does not ask for such information, even if that means not using the national form. If Ohio's code demands differently, then the form should cater to the code, considering the consequences.

4:00 PM


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