I am going to both agree and disagree with the Watch Dog's latest post.
This does NOT apply to situations such as the average citizen uploading their taxes, because this does not involve transmitting the sensitive information of many people on a daily basis. Furthermore, the government can argue that they are not responsible for the safe transmittal of your information because you do so at your own risk, and they give you the option of mailing in your taxes rather than filing them online. I would doubt very strongly that you can participate in the "cash for clunkers" program without using government software, which shifts the burden of information security to the government. I can only imagine the public outcry if it was revealed that all of the social security numbers of all of those that traded in their cars could be accessed by your average nine year old with a laptop.
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