"It's not as bad as..."
It's kind of a sad indication of where we are when a data breach is defended as "not so bad," just because the data involved were email addresses. But really, a breach is a breach. I'm, of course, talking about the recent iPad data privacy breach. I could write all day long about what's wrong with that whole situation, but what I actually found intriguing was an article written by ABC News' Ki Mae Heussner that summarized the top 10 data breaches of the decade: Heartland Payment Systems -- 2009 TJX Companies -- 2007 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- 2009 Card Systems -- 2005 Veterans Laptop With Personal Data Stolen -- 2006 Bank of New York Mellon -- 2008 Certegy -- 2007 TD Ameritrade -- 2007 CheckFree -- 2008 Hannaford Bros. Chain -- 2009 So yes, I suppose when you look back at these security disasters the iPad breach isn't that bad. But really, no loss of private information should ever be tolerated.