The big news in Nashville is that, over the holidays, someone broke into the Davidson County Election Commission and stole laptops containing all registered Davidson County voters’ names, addresses, and social security numbers.
I have a bit of advice for the Davidson County Election Commission. They have these portable drives that plug right into a computer’s USB port and they hold a ton of information. You could just totally keep all of our invaluable personal information on such drives, leave those drives hanging off of your front door knob at night and that way, that information could just fall into the hands of whoever without you having to suffer with broken windows or missing computer equipment.
Seriously, there’s not one person at the Davidson County Election Commission who thought, “Gee, maybe we shouldn’t put this information on devices easily stolen?”
Anyway, I hope folks are right and that the likelihood is that the thieves wanted the computers and not the information on them, but you know, it seems to me that, unless the burglars are as thoughtless as the Commission, even if they only wanted the computers, once they realized that what was on the computers was so valuable, that probably changed their interest in the machines.