Let's also not forget just how often local politicians, lawyers, and claims adjusters have asked for this information on the spot with little regard to the claimants privacy.
That is not something I have ever read about. Please cite a reliable source, if possible.
If the data was being managed via internal systems over vpn, that would be better... but that assumes that's reliably possible where these people are working.
Where there is a will, there is a way. BP lacked the will, which is to say, they don't give a fuck.
Understatement! At Symantec we didn't even let executives just download all the end-of-quarter high-value orders, and that information was vital to timely earnings estimates! We built them a reporting rdbms with "some canned queries" just like you said, which they could access via VPN or from their offices around the world. But the Finance Department did not offer the whole f'ing database to anybody to take from The Company's offices. That shit just isn't done with valuable data -- data that The Company values, that is. (any company, not picking on SYMC)
This alone proves systemic indifference to and contempt of the claimants, BP's victims. An ethical judge who does even minimal due diligence to learn about industry standard Finance IT practices would at least double the settlement against BP just for letting the entire claimant database be stored on anything mobile. The industry is NEVER as careless with property or financial value as BP is with human life and their victims' identities.
Everyone makes mistakes
Some more than others.
there's been a data spill!
i bet they find the laptop in the Gulf of Mexico.
And they're "cleaning it up" with PR just like they "cleaned up" their oil spill with a toxic chemical called Corexit. They're very consistent, in a horrible way.
TFA also points out that the cars' computer proves that the test was staged.
My computer proves you're gullible and jump to conclusions, and computers don't lie, right?.
No, but TapeCutters do.
And the total for every year is in the ballpark of a billion dollars. I can't find where I've seen it totalled up before, so it's a lot of digging to find all the individual pieces for you and I don't care to spend the time to do it.
No. Being taken on faith is not one of your options.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein