Information wanting to be free

Yet another huge loss of names and Social Security numbers:

The information was prepared by the loan company in January for use by Hummingbird. The data was encrypted and password-protected, but subsequently decrypted and stored on the now-lost hardware by the Hummingbird employee, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan said.

And this, boys and girls, is perhaps the truest meaning of “information wants to be free.” Not Free as in beer, not Free as in speech, but free as in free-flowing water streaming through even the smallest of holes in a dike.