Re: As I observed elsewhere in this illustrious mag
"I am not legally required to close and lock my door; but if I'm burgled, then I'm at least partly responsible."
No you're not. Not legally, nor morally.
The law prohibits you from entering my premises without my permission. The door being unlocked, or even open does not give you any rights whatsoever to enter. That is the law.
The law prohibits you from removing objects from my premises without my permission. The door being unlocked, or even open does not give you any rights whatsoever to enter. That is the law.
In Canada it is perfectly normal to leave doors unlocked, and many of us (Toronto doesn't count, ever,) do this all the time.
The same moral and legal concept applies to pretty much everything. A woman is not "asking for it" by wearing revealing clothing...or even no clothing at all. You have no right to touch or fondle her, let alone rape her. Nothing she wears (or does not wear) makes any part of your actions her fault.
These are not difficult concepts to understand. The burden of legal responsibility is on the individual who chooses to break the law. You do not "entice" someone into breaking the law by not employing devices or techniques designed to thwart would-be lawbreakers.
You simply can't run a society where people are legally responsible for the choice of others to break the law by not participating in an ever more expensive and unwinnable arms race.
It's called blaming the victim. Look it up.
Now, that said, Talk Talk should have goddamned well encrypted everything. Not due to legal obligation, but because it is a minimum best practice for the data they handle and as such a mark of professionalism.
Now, if we - as a society - believe that the arms race has gotten to the point that we must mandate minimum security measures, then by all means do so. An open public debate leads to laws and those become the laws we all must abide by. It becomes a universal cost of doing business.
But don't blame the victim. You are not in any way responsible for someone breaking into your house. That's on them. They made the choice.
If, however, you are guarding other people's things in your house, your duty of care to those other people may mean that you take precautions against the cold hard realities that there exist people who will break the law.
Are you capable of understanding the differences?