Nextgov discusses why the US government should never retain, but destroy, sensitive employee information such as the type of information stolen from OPM by China:
In hindsight, retaining the documents betrayed a degree of hubris: National security officials had excessive confidence in their ability to keep these secrets from falling into the hands of malicious actors, so they risked storing them indefinitely.
What else falls in this “better to destroy than to have stolen” category?
After Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and numerous successful hacks of various federal databases, perhaps the government should perform an audit and a purge on the theory that it won’t ever be competent enough to reliably safeguard information.
Isn’t there good reason to surmise that is true?
A very insightful take on this horrible security incident. There are so many unintended consequences of this data breach that it will take years before the results are fully realized.