I find it ridiculous that so many companies demand to know people's Social Security numbers before providing service ("Laptop Theft Puts Customer Data At Risk," March 29, 2004). I called the Social Security agency about that issue and was told that it's legal. This means that if I want electricity, I must provide my Social Security number. I can't go to another electric company, and I cannot pay my bill in advance. There's no other option.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Thanks for the article on Jerry McElhatton of MasterCard International ("Telling It Like It Is," March 29, 2004). I saved a copy for future inspiration when pursuing IT upgrades for my company, and I passed the original on to a co-worker who's enrolled in an ITstrategy course for her MBA program.
Accounting Manager, Dayton Aerospace, Dayton, Ohio
Federal Law Needed
The security of our personal information is in serious doubt ("Prove It's Secure," March 15, 2004). We have no control over the countless databases that contain our financial and personal DNA.
I support the Arizona legislative proposal that will require companies to obtain written permission from customers before sending financial data offshore, but legislation also must be enacted at the federal level requiring all companies that outsource patient or customer data to any third party to divulge the country, company, and address.
Any group attempting to do us harm will be able to do it from the comfort of their own laptops.
Compliance Engineer, NEC Infrontia, Shelton, Conn.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.