What It Might Take To Stop The Data Breaches

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: There seems to be a new big breach of personal data every few weeks. But this latest case in which Equifax, the credit reporting agency, was hacked seems especially massive. The Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information of 143 million Americans was potentially exposed. Zeynep Tufekci argues that the underlying problem isn't a technical failure; it's political. Zeynep's a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She joins us now from Chapel Hill, N.C. Thanks so much for being with us. ZEYNEP TUFEKCI: Thank you for inviting me. SIMON: Since this hack was revealed, the Federal Trade Commission has announced an investigation. Equifax's stock price, I guess,...

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