Thursday, October 01, 2015

Chaffetz, the Secret Service, and data security

Various news reports discuss the unauthorized access (and likely disclosure) by Secret Service employees of an unsuccessful employment application to the Secret Service by Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who recently has been investigating bad acts by the Secret Service.

There are at least two aspects of the disclosure.

@1. The implication that Chaffetz is somehow "inferior" because his application was turned down.
@2. The implication that the investigations by Chaffetz of the Secret Service are payback for being turned down, and thus are not objectively based.

Both aspects are captured in the Washington Post text:

One official told The Post that the material included a parody poster that pictured Chaffetz leading a hearing on the Secret Service from his congressional dais, with the headline “Got BQA from the Service in 2003.” Within the Secret Service, “BQA” is an acronym meaning that a “better qualified applicant” was available.


NPR noted:

Chaffetz told the AP that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson personally apologized to him. Chaffetz called the experience "intimidating," saying: "It's what it was supposed to be."

link: Secret Service Violated Privacy Protocol, Wanted To Embarrass Congressman

As to disclosure of unsuccessful job applications, such disclosure can occur in unexpected ways.
This author learned in 2001 of a disclosure which had happened in 1987, because of an employment action taken by someone else.

See the earlier IPBiz post

Startup Act 2.0: are you turning up your nose at $150K/year jobs?

Apart from recounting the story of the Dickakian matter [ In the Matter of Exxon Chemical Company (on behalf of Dickakian), 87-INA-615 ], the post mentioned issues with a data breach at LinkedIn:

"In this job market, I'm just happy the Russians who hacked LinkedIn have my resume," one guy tweeted.

"Okay, maybe it's just me, but if my LinkedIn was hacked... who cares? More people will see my resume?" someone else said.

In passing, as to Chaffetz, it appears that a number of people have underestimated Chaffetz in the past. It might be that the Secret Service is the one who got it wrong in 2003.


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