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									PAGE 4A                                                                              OPINION                                                                                                                               TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005


                                 COLUMN                                                                                                                     OTHER VIEWS

 Bolton likely will
get his bully pulpit
        en. George Voinovich, R-

S       Ohio, had it dead on when
        he said that John Bolton,
President Bush’s pick as U.S. am-
bassador to the United Nations, is
“the poster child for what some-
one in the diplomatic corps should
not be.” Even so, there’s a better
than even chance that a largely par-
ty-line vote will install Bolton at
the United Nations.
                                                   TOM TEEPEN
    The few remaining GOP mod-           ternational Security, led the ad-
erates in the Senate are dithering       ministration’s scrapping of the
over the prospect but chances are        Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. He
that not enough will bolt to queer       has seen to the removal of the one
the nomination. If so, hope that the     barrier to putting weapons into
Senate hearings, which exposed           space, blocked a treaty to control
Bolton’s debilities vividly, will have   small-arms sales and helped to
served at least to check some of his     withdraw the United States from
most damaging impulses.                  the 40-nation effort to improve
    Bolton has built his career in       verification for the Biological
foreign affairs as the clamoring         Weapons Convention — to name
vandal at the village gates, a noisy     just some of the back-sliding.
menace and a bully in person as              The always touch-and-go effort
he would have this nation be in its      to contain the spread of nuclear
dealings with others.                    weapons now seems to be on the
    There is a begrudged but nec-        verge of utter collapse with both
essary place for contrarians like        North Korea and Iran barreling
Bolton in the sometimes too po-          toward active nuclear status.
lite, too conventional decorums              It is impossible to know just
of foreign policy debate.                what the president had in mind in
    It is healthy to keep someone        nominating Bolton in this classic
around who is willing to shout           example of casting against type.
that the emperor — or the secre-         There have been mummerings to
tary general or prime minister —         the effect the idea is to reform the
has come to the ball starkers.           United Nations, in some unspeci-
    But the place for such a soul is
not at the very apex of U.S. contact
                                         fied way.
                                             But Bolton has never been a                                                                                        COLUMN
with the rest of the world, where is-    would-be U.N. reformer. He has
sues of war and peace sometimes
tetter on the fine point of a phrase
or turn on whether adversaries can
find a workable out from their dis-
agreement instead of just perfect-
                                         never been disappointed by the
                                         U.N.’s manifest lapses and short-
                                         falls. He has simply been con-
                                         temptuous of the institution, a
                                         weak premise from which to pitch
                                                                                        Pack rat mentality bites back
ing its terms.                           change to the delegations.                         By KATHERINE REYNOLDS LEWIS        administrator — that a weak link         that’s within their custody.”             them opt in when they know
    It takes a remarkable record to          You can make a fair argument                     NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE            in the chain could lead to credit            A new California law                  what it’s all about.”
inspire, as Bolton’s has, 102 for-       that if the Bolton nomination is a                                                    card fraud or even identity theft.       requires companies to inform                  For years, marketing experts
mer diplomats, state department          mistake, it is nonetheless the sort                   series of embarrassing              Moreover, a frightening num-

                                                                                                                                                                        customers of the loss or theft of         have pushed for businesses to
officials and officials of the Arms      of mistake a president should be                      data-security breaches is       ber of companies don’t track             their Social Security or driver’s         collect heaps of information to
Control and Disarmament                  permitted to risk as a prerogative                    prompting businesses to         what information they’re collect-        license number, or their account          build a “360-degree view” of the
Agency — 70 of whom served un-           of his office. That’s the salve with         rethink the wisdom of collecting         ing or where it’s kept, said Chris       number plus a PIN.                        customer, to understand every-
der Republican presidents — to           which a number of senators will              all the information they can             Noell, vice president of Solution-           As a result, some companies           thing about his or her life and
combine in opposition to a nomi-         ease their “aye.”                            from their customers.                    ary, an Omaha, Neb.-based secu-          are simply declining to gather            better sell products to meet a
nation this prominent.                       Just hope that the china shop’s              “The old way of thinking             rity services provider.                  those identifiers, assigning ran-         range of needs.
    As the appalled diplomats            insurance is paid up.                        about things was a pack rat                  Marketing executives may             dom numbers instead, said                     The problem is, “if you’re col-
note, Bolton, as Undersecretary              (Tom Teepen is a columnist               mentality. People believed that          not think to inform security             Chris Hoofnagle, director of the          lecting information from cus-
of State for Arms Control and In-        for Cox Newspapers)                          you’ve got to keep it because you        departments when they start              Electronic Privacy Information            tomers and you don’t know
                                                                                      just never know when it’s going          gathering new types of records.          Center’s West Coast office in             what you’re going to do with
                                                                                      to be useful,” said Peter Wayner,            The recent incidents revealed        San Francisco.                            that information, you’re putting
                                                                                      Baltimore-based author of                that some retailers weren’t                  Other organizations are put-          the customer relationship at
                                 COLUMN                                               “Translucent Databases.”
                                                                                          Now, leaders in commerce
                                                                                                                               aware of some sensitive data
                                                                                                                               they were collecting at the cash
                                                                                                                                                                        ting different information in
                                                                                                                                                                        “silos” so that your name and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  risk,” said Lane Michel, a senior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  partner with Peppers & Rogers
                                                                                      are realizing that there are seri-       register: the secret code embed-         account number are stored in              Group, a marketing firm based

There’s an awful lot                                                                  ous potential costs associated
                                                                                      with any potential gains.
                                                                                          Companies from DSW Shoe
                                                                                                                               ded in the magnetic stripe on the
                                                                                                                               back of each credit card.
                                                                                                                                   Because that record can be
                                                                                                                                                                        separate databases. When the
                                                                                                                                                                        authorized employee needs to
                                                                                                                                                                        pull up your file, the system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Norwalk, Conn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Many organizations end up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  throwing out the records they

 of hating going on                                                                   Warehouse and Polo Ralph
                                                                                      Lauren to Bank of America and
                                                                                      BJ’s Wholesale Club have
                                                                                      reported the loss or theft of
                                                                                                                               used to make high-quality coun-
                                                                                                                               terfeit credit cards, card associa-
                                                                                                                               tions have long banned its stor-
                                                                                                                               age, said John Shaughnessy,
                                                                                                                                                                        assembles it on the spot,
                                                                                                                                                                        Hoofnagle said.
                                                                                                                                                                            Bell Canada no longer seeks
                                                                                                                                                                        family information from cus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fought to collect, said Wayner,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Baltimore database expert.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The truth is, companies are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  just drowning in data, much of it
        By ELIZABETH SCHUETT             fines Jews as biologically de-               credit card numbers in recent            Visa USA’s senior vice president         tomers, which it previously did           duplicative, and many don’t
           COX NEWS SERVICE              scended from Satan and non-                  months.                                  for fraud management, based in           on occasion, said Charles                 have clear processes for dispos-
                                         whites as “mud people” created                   More troubling, crooks have          Foster City, Calif.                      Giordano, privacy marketing               ing of unneeded files, said
         ccording to statistics pub-     without souls and fit only to serve          stolen names and Social Security             Now, Visa is campaigning to

                                                                                                                                                                        strategist in Toronto.                    Michael Reyes, security analyst
         lished by the Southern          as beasts of the field.                      numbers from companies that              ensure that merchants under-                 Pressure to collect less data         at SunBlock Systems, a McLean,
         Poverty Law Center, there           “Black Separatists” are anti-            aggregate data, including Choi-          stand the bare minimum of                isn’t coming just from security           Va.-based information security
were 762 active “hate” groups in         white, anti-Semitic, and insist they,        cePoint Inc.                             information they need, and don’t         advocates.                                firm.
the United States in 2004. The list-     not whites or Jews, are God’s cho-               Publicity over the incidents         inadvertently break the rules.               A small cadre of marketing                The breach at Bank of
toppers were South Carolina with         sen people. Georgia leads the list           has challenged the decadelong                The company encourages               experts maintains that by ask-            America, which lost backup
47, California at 42, and Texas          with 14 of these groups.                     trend in marketing to seek more          vendors of software for credit           ing for less information in the           computer tapes holding credit
with a hefty 40.                             The “Neo-Confederates” are               and more information from cus-           card payments to hire independ-          first transaction with a cus-             data on 1.2 million people, high-
     That’s an awful lot of hating       looking forward to the South “ris-           tomers in order to sell them             ent security firms to validate           tomer, companies can actually             lights the importance of track-
going on in a country that adver-        ing again” while the “National As-           additional products.                     their practices, Shaughnessy             build a better long-term rela-            ing old records and noting when
tises: “Give me your tired, your         sociation for the Advancement of                 “Understanding as much in-           said.                                    tionship.                                 they’re destroyed.
poor, your huddled masses yearn-         White People” would like to see a            formation about the customer as              “If you don’t have good data             Consumer products giant                   In fact, the growing aware-
ing to breathe free. . . “               return to segregation.                       possible helps to customize their        security, the downside of what           Procter & Gamble, based in                ness of all these problems will
     Emma Lazarus, the daughter              “Immutable characteristics” are          shopping experience and drives           could happen to your stock,              Cincinnati, has found that tak-           probably contribute to more data
of a Jewish family in New York           just that — characteristics that are         commerce,” said Michael Petitti,         your brand, in litigation is just        ing it slow and developing trust          losses being announced, Reyes
City, wrote these words in 1883 in       not changeable. Nowadays, more               senior vice president of market-         tremendous,” he said. “There’s           with buyers of one product                predicted, as companies conduct
her poem “The New Colossus” as           than anyone thought possible just            ing for Ambiron TrustWave in             beginning to be a culture of             makes them more likely to try             audits on backup records and
part of a fund-raising effort to pro-    a generation or two ago, humans              Chicago, a data security and com-        security that is growing that            the company’s other brands,               find them missing.
vide a pedestal for a gigantic stat-     are capable of changing a great              pliance firm.                            we’re very happy to see.”                said Sandra Hughes, global pri-               Another reason for the
ue the French were sending to            many things about themselves.                    “The dark underside of that              While only a few companies           vacy executive.                           apparent explosion of incidents
America as a 100th anniversary               But there are “immutable”                is for all that information to be        are cutting back on data they                Procter & Gamble, which               is the California law requiring
symbol of the alliance between           characteristics than defy alter-             accessible creates a vulnerabili-        collect so far, it’s an important        makes Bounty towels, Cover                public notification.
our countries during the Ameri-          ation. If we are born white or               ty and risk that ultimately can          first step that the question is          Girl makeup and Pampers dia-                  In many cases, there’s no evi-
can Revolution.                          black or brown or taupe, that’s              be detrimental to the business,”         even being asked, security               pers, solicits only people who            dence that people suffered any
     In 1903, sixteen years after the    the way it is and no amount of               he added.                                experts said.                            have specifically asked for infor-        harm from the loss, said Larry
death of Emma Lazarus, her son-          fiddling with the facts will make it             It’s not enough to install bet-          “There’s much more exami-            mation through its Web site or            Ponemon, chairman of the
net was engraved on a plaque and         go away. Ask Michael Jackson.                ter security technology — the            nation of what is absolutely nec-        other channel, Hughes said.               Ponemon Institute, a think tank
affixed to the base of that gift that        Being born a white American              greatest threat is the employee          essary,” said Stan Quintana, vice            “Some of our peers think              specializing in privacy and data
still stands in New York Harbor —        female involved no clever manipu-            or vendor who is either incom-           president for managed security           we’re nuts, that we’re going to           protection, based in Tucson,
our Statue of Liberty.                   lation on my part. So why is it that         petent or malicious, experts             services for AT&T Corp., based in        lose all this business,” she said.        Ariz.
     Emma’s father’s name was            some group or nation feels I owe             said.                                    Bedminster, N.J. “Organizations          But the company’s research                    Congress is studying the prob-
Moses; her mother was Esther             them an apology for my genetic                   Personal details from every-         are now starting to realize that         found that “consumers like                lem, and 32 states have legislative
Nathan Lazarus. They were fourth-        and geographic inheritance?                  day transactions pass through            instead of getting all information,      being asked for permission to be          efforts under way, according to
generation American Jews.                    Having been born a southern-             so many hands — from the retail          they have to be very selective, so       marketed to, and to keep their            the National Conference of State
     Many hate groups believe it is      er entitles me to subscribe to the           clerk to the bank’s system               they can protect the information         profiles. ... Seventy percent of          Legislatures.
right to hate Jews, but that’s only      folks who enjoy chanting “The
scratching the surface. You name         South will rise again.” My ques-
it, and there’s a group that hates it.   tions are: From where? To what?
     The “Ku Klux Klan” hates                The southern U.S. is doing just                                                                    DOONESBURY | GARRY TRUDEAU
blacks, Jews, immigrants, and            fine and managing to do it without
Catholics. They refer to them-           reverting to separate drinking
selves as a Christian group.             fountains and buses with signs ad-
     “Neo-Nazis” hate Jews, blacks,      vising: Colored Seat from Rear.
and homosexuals. They worship                I still remember those.
Adolf Hitler. Apparently, they don’t         And what are the Christians
much care for the way the U.S.is be-     so worried about? If heaven and
ing run so they are intent on a rev-     hell are as predicted, they’ve got it
olution that will result in the es-      made. Why worry about the guy
tablishment of a fascist political       next door who worships bubble
state. California, Michigan, and         gum wrappers?
Pennsylvania each have nine of               Every time I question myself
these groups. Ohio trails with eight.    on the origins of hatred, the an-
     “Christian Identity” members        swer comes back the same. Fear.
believe whites, not Jews, are God’s          The bigger the hate — the
chosen people. Their theology de-        greater the fear.

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