Your personal information is cleared for takeoff

Photo courtesy of [phil h]

Commenter Mary pointed out a link to the Slashdot story on the CLEAR data breach over here, and I’d been pondering whether to mention it or not. It’s not really DC related, but we did just write about the program and its express lines at DCA and IAD.

As it turns out, however, there is a DC related angle I wanted to point out. Namely the WaPo coverage about this loss of the personal data of 33,000 customers of Verified Identity Pass… headlined as “Missing Laptop Keeps Firm From Registering New Fliers.” Run on the very last page of the business section.

It’s a wire story from Bloomberg, so WaPo can’t be faulted for the ho-hum reporting of VIP losing the data of over 15% of their customers, but who felt this was such a non-story that they’d bury it on the back page and give it such a misleading headline?

It’s funny – just last night over dinner I caught some flack for beating up on the Post and I said I really do like WaPo, it’s just that I expect better from them. This is a perfect example.

lost, courtesy of [phil h]

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


3 thoughts on “Your personal information is cleared for takeoff

  1. I hope nobody will try to fit me for a tinfoil hat for saying so, but I find it very convenient that AFTER the TSA laid the smackdown and halted their ongoing revenue stream the laptop HAPPENED to be found in the same office.

  2. There is another way to look at it. Clear reported the laptop missing to the TSA, who shut them down. They could have hidden the loss, and continued business, and the TSA would never have known.

    The real story is, I’m certain, somewhere in the facts we don’t know.