Social unsecurity

The California State Legislators' Assembly Banking Committee recently voted down a proposal increase the protections for personal financial information. In response, an angry privacy advocacy group bought access to all of the Committee members social security numbers (for $26) and published the first four digits online.

The legislators response? To get themselves all frothed up over "inappropriate" lobbying and call for a clamp down on this type of behaviour which, in the words of the Committee chair: "borders on extortion".

I'd say they've kind of missed the point here.

(tip o' the hat to Christian Gerard for the link)