Today’s Word of the Day is: oops
“Now wait just one minute, aren’t these things supposed to be daily? You’ve skipped some days?”
File that under insignificant. Moving on…
Jessica Davis, a 29-year-old University of Colorado senior, found herself falsely branded a sex offender and kicked off MySpace last weekend, ABC News reports. There is no registered sex offender by her name in Colorado.
MySpace isn’t talking about this, but Sentinel — the company that built the database for MySpace — has acknowledged the error. Sentinel CEO John Cardillo told ABC News that the system functioned properly, because an actual sex offender existed with the same name, and a date of birth two years and two days apart from Davis’.
Hey, I’m all for putting IT, and the collective data gathered through its users, to good use, but with new measures come new threats that need to be handled properly with the right control mechanisms. Otherwise, sh-t like this happens.
“Today a sex offender, tomorrow terrorist? You certainly don’t want that to happen through IT!”
Actually I don’t want that to happen at all!