Yesterday's (BoingBoinged) shock was a civil servant (male), who passed on private government data that got used for attempts at blackmail. Today's story is a civil servant (female) who repeatedly accessed the files of prominent people--often just days before their "confidential" data showed up in newspaper reports about them.
According to the Independent, nine different newspaper stories revealed private details that this civil servant leaked to them from government files. She also "improperly accessed" the private files of many others.
Only by chance was this ongoing abuse discovered, while officials were investigating a separate matter. And the woman remained in her job for almost a year before offering her resignation and taking her departure.
If only the private data of Irish citizens were half as secure as the job of a civil servant "protecting" that data!
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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