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Passwords: Just Another Bureaucratic Annoyance

Aug 10, 2007, 02:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"Yesterday I heard of a government agency where the manager required employees to post their account names and passwords on a bulletin board, so they could get into each other's systems in case one of them was out for a day. This was told to me, along with examples of other security policy lapses, by an IT consultant who works for government agencies.

"Many workers in human services, she told me, are reluctant to provide data that would be useful to improve the services. She'd like to track homeless people as they move from one jurisdiction to another for instance, to provide better continuity of service and find out what works and what doesn't..."

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