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Comment Ohm is overwrought (Score 2, Informative) 280

I have worked with anonymized government data extensively, and birthdate and zipcode are always considered personally identifiable information. Sometimes birth year is available, and sometimes state or (rarely) county is available, but I have never even heard of a dataset with both. Datasets with month and day of birth are never considered to be anonymized, and are not released. The author of the paper is much overwrought.

Comment Gutmann was wrong (Score 5, Informative) 497

There is no need to physically destroy a drive to prevent data from being read. The claims of Gutmann that it was possible to read overwritten sectors were never sustained by his sources. I investigated this years ago and reported in Can Intelligence Agencies Read Overwritten Data that he was very much overwrought. I see he has gone on to tilt at other windmills since he propagated that myth.

Comment Re:Not a Bug (Score 1) 225

OK, suppose the tamper-evident seal is found to be broken at the end of the election day. What happens then? Are those votes not counted? I wouldn't expect that result. That would open a door to an intruder going to a district favoring the opponent and merely tampering with the seal. I'd expect the votes to be counted in spite of the broken seal. Is there actual experience anywhere on this point?

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